Volvo Powertrain North America representatives receive environmental award from Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (holding award). From left, Scott Morris, Robert Phelps, Tom Kriner, Gov. Ehrlich, Ingvar Tagert, Denny Hollinger and Dave Smith.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A group dedicated to improving environmental awareness around Chesapeake Bay recently recognized Volvo Powertrain North America for its commitment to the environment.
Businesses for the Bay is an organization that includes many businesses located near the Chesapeake Bay which have made a commitment to help restore the health of the bay and its ecosystems. The organization provides educational outreach, positive recognition and technical assistance to facilities to reduce their pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.
Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr., presented the award for Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention at a Large Facility to Volvo Powertrain officials at a ceremony sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Volvo takes the environment and its protection very seriously, said Sten-ke Aronsson, senior vice-president of Volvo Powertrain. In fact, it is one of our companys core values. I am very pleased that efforts made to minimize our operations impact on the environment as part of our day-to-day work processes have been recognized by Businesses for the Bay.
Volvo Powertrain supplies engines for Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America.
According to Aronsson, the Hagerstown facility has completed a variety of projects in recent years aimed at fully demonstrating Volvos commitment to the environment. In addition to an overall facility transformation, an environmental management system was implemented in 2002.
Other specific goals were introduced to reduce energy consumption, waste generation, and water use at the site including: the facility’s heating system was replaced with more efficient equipment, which has the ability to burn non-fossil fuels for heating; waste water from process equipment is treated at the site to recover clean, reusable water that can be used for industrial processes; lighting fixtures have been replaced with more energy efficient models; and the facilitys roof was replaced with construction material that has a higher insulation value.
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