Ambitious Energy and Greenhouse Gas Goals
Navistar has set and achieved ambitious goals for energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
The company’s manufacturing facilities continue to decrease energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We exceeded our goal of reducing GHGs by 20 percent from 2008 levels by the end of 2013, achieving a reduction of 24.6 percent in that timeframe. During 2014, we continued to improve, reducing GHGs by another 2.3 percent, while also achieving a 2.4 percent decrease in total energy consumed.
Navistar is a member of the Better Buildings, Better Plants program of the U.S. Department of Energy, reflecting our commitment to reduce energy intensity (energy spent per unit of Gross Domestic Product) by 25 percent over 10 years. Navistar continues its progress towards this U.S. goal, having reduced energy intensity in 2014 by 1.9 percent at its larger participating sites in the U.S. The company was the first truck OEM to be EPA-certified both as a SmartWay shipper and as a manufacturer for its SmartWay-capable equipment specifications.
Reducing Waste Through Improved Processes
Navistar facilities are working hard to increase recycling, reduce the generation of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste and improve their use of water resources. The company achieved its 2015 goal of increasing recycling from 33 percent of waste to 55 percent, a full year in advance.
Here are a few of our recent sustainability success stories:
Navistar’s parts distribution centers (PDCs) reduce the use of packing materials by increasing use of returnable containers for the shipment of parts, saving more than $500,000 annually.
Returnable container use has been extended to all dedicated shipments at all PDCs, resulting in an annual cost savings of $200,000.
In fiscal 2014, Navistar remanufactured more than 50.86 million pounds of parts materials, a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2013.
Our Melrose Park, Illinois engine plant received the Return on Environment (ROE) award from GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies for its work to surpass and improve environmental and operational goals while balancing industrial demands.
Green Improvements Continue at Dealerships
Navistar encourages its International® and IC Bus™ dealerships to go green.
Navistar was the first company in the industry to equip its U.S. and Canadian dealers with new technology designed to detect leaks of refrigerant R134a and to recover, recharge and recycle the substance.
In recent years, dealerships have added such innovations as geothermal heating systems, shop ceiling fans, T5 and T8 fluorescent lighting, and maximized use of natural sunlight.
Remediated Sites Find New Uses
Navistar collaborates with its local communities to environmentally remediate our cities, rejuvenate our communities and bring valuable jobs to our neighbors.
The former West Pullman Works site in Chicago, which Navistar helped to remediate, is now the site of the largest municipally owned urban solar plant in the United States, which generates enough clean electricity to power up to 1,500 homes.
In southeastern Chicago, Navistar has worked to remediate all 176 acres of the Wisconsin Steel Works site, so the site can serve industrial uses.