ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix helped raise the bar for corporate sustainability efforts in 2019 by reducing its energy consumption more than 10 million kilowatt hours over the last five years and diverting 97 percent of its waste from landfill.
The company has set its sights even higher for 2020 with a commitment to realizing absolute reductions of energy consumption and fully achieving its zero-waste-to-landfill goal at all Bendix manufacturing locations by the end of the year.
Sustainability successes during 2019 capitalized on increases in waste diversion and energy efficiency across the Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) North American facilities. The company continues its focus on both areas in connection with its deep alignment and ongoing support of the United Nations’ (UN) ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 overarching environmental objectives adopted by UN member states promote prosperity while protecting the environment. Two of the objectives – Responsible Consumption and Production (encompassed within SDG 12) and Climate Action (the focus of SDG 13) – are at the core of Bendix’s sustainability efforts.
“Our employees delivered an unmatched level of commitment to the sustainability goals we set for the business in 2019. Their willingness to embrace change was remarkable. From giving up trash cans at their desks; to active, ongoing engagement in programs and behaviors aimed at reducing single-use plastic and our carbon footprint; to their openness to seek out ways to further improve our energy efficiency, our team members pitched in, enabling Bendix to substantially exceed expectations,” said Maria Gutierrez, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “Seeing the support and momentum grow was a source of pride and accomplishment for all of us.”
Approaching Zero Waste to Landfill
Bendix edged closer to achieving its zero-waste-to-landfill objective in 2019. Nine out of 10 Bendix manufacturing locations have achieved zero industrial waste to landfill, and in December 2019, three Bendix locations – the Elyria headquarters, and manufacturing locations in Huntington, Indiana, and Bowling Green, Kentucky – made their first trash shipments to waste-to-energy (WTE) providers. The company’s manufacturing campus in Acuña, Mexico, will deliver its first trash WTE shipment in the first quarter of 2020.