WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 4, 2003 - General Motors Corporation, automobile
suppliers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced
a new partnership to increase the competitiveness of U.S. companies
while reducing environmental impacts.
"The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment
(SP) is a new forum for sharing environmental best practices throughout
the automotive industry supply chain, especially for the benefit
of the smaller, lower-tier companies in the industry," said
Rebecca Spearot, director, environmental management, Lear Corporation,
and SP's first chair of the board. "SP will enable automotive
equipment manufacturers to actively engage all levels of their supply
chains in development of common-sense approaches to reducing environmental
impacts. Through the partnership, suppliers will be able to continuously
improve products and processes, increase energy efficiency, eliminate
wastes, identify cost-saving opportunities, and optimize resources
"GM is committed to environmental excellence
and to cooperating with and supporting our supply chain," said
Pat Beattie, director, environmental services, GM. "While working
with EPA on a pilot project initiated with our Saturn division,
we identified real opportunities to improve both the environment
and the competitiveness of companies in our supply chain,"
she said. "SP grew out of that experience. This organization
is committed to providing quantifiable value to the automobile supply
chain and we are pleased to be a leader in this effort.”
SP will provide value to its members by: Providing
a forum for companies to work together to share "best practices"
through task forces and work groups to address specific issues;
providing facility-specific technical assistance on energy and chemical
use optimization and other issues; identifying and addressing externally
driven environmental impacts; and retaining the costs savings realized
through SP activities.
"EPA welcomes the opportunity to work with the
Suppliers Partnership for the Environment," "This is a
unique opportunity for government and industry to work together
toward the common goals of improved environmental performance and
progress in the automobile supply chain,” said Stephen L.
Johnson, EPA assistant administrator for prevention, pesticides,
and toxic substances (now acting deputy administrator for EPA).
"One of the key things EPA brings to the suppliers partnership
is connection to other programs within EPA and other federal agencies,
which brings additional resources to bear on pollution prevention
in the industry."
Johnson continued: "Through the suppliers partnership,
EPA has engaged the Department of Commerce to provide technical
assistance to suppliers. The department's National Institute of
Standards and Technology - Manufacturing Extension Partnership will
conduct facility-specific workshops to help suppliers identify ways
to reduce waste, conserve energy and cut costs. In addition, EPA
is also coordinating with Department of Energy programs to help
companies increase their energy efficiency.”
"As a member-driven organization, SP is addressing
several different issues important to maintaining a productive and
green supply chain including energy and chemical use optimization,
training, education, technical assistance, sustainability and transactional
processes," said Rebecca Spearot of Lear Corporation. "SP
is open to all automotive companies and the members are to be commended
for the proactive environmental supply chain management efforts
that have led to the creation of SP.”
The partnership's members include: Ashland Inc.; B.A.E.
Industries; Delphi Corporation; Detroit Chassis LLC; Federal-Mogul
Corporation; Freudenberg-NOK; General Motors Corporation; Haas TCM;
Johnson Controls, Inc.; Lear Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; NSK Petoskey
Plastics, Inc.; and Visteon Corporation.
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