Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement
AVON, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC continued to reach new sustainability milestones in 2021 in support of its larger environmental goals to reduce energy consumption; divert waste from landfill; and increase its use of green, renewable energy.
By the end of 2021, the company had reduced its energy consumption by more than 16 million kilowatt-hours over the most recent seven-year period. And for the second year in a row, the company diverted 99.9 percent of its waste from landfill, with less than 10 tons of material from all Bendix locations combined being sent to landfill.
The amount represented a decrease of 37 percent from the 16 tons of material landfilled in 2020 and a 98 percent reduction from the 508 tons landfilled in 2019. The remaining 14,703 tons of excess or spent materials were either diverted, recycled, or reused.
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On the zero-waste front, seven Bendix manufacturing locations – plus the former Elyria, Ohio, corporate headquarters – achieved the company’s official Zero Waste to Landfill Certification in 2021 for the second year in a row.
And in terms of renewable energy use, Bendix achieved a key element of its overall climate strategy with the August startup of the company’s first solar array, a 1.168-megawatt installation at its operation in Huntington, Indiana.
The array, featuring 2,612 solar panels, can supply enough power to satisfy about 30% of the energy needs at the primary manufacturing facility on the Huntington campus. It’s also estimated to save approximately $140,000 in energy costs and lead to a 3 percent decrease in Bendix’s overall carbon footprint across North America.
“2021 was another outstanding year for the Bendix sustainability strategy, as the company continued progressing toward our overarching climate action goals and our key sustainability milestones,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “Despite the work and environmental challenges brought by the second year of the pandemic, Bendix team members continued to do their part to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the company’s carbon footprint across North America.
“And together, these efforts resulted in ongoing decreases in energy consumption and landfill wastes, alongside gains in renewable energy use and waste diversion. All of these successes deserve to be celebrated and recognized.”
Bendix is the North American leader in the design, development, and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles. It is also a member of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems.
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