Last week I had the oportunity to visit our factory in Tultitlan close to Mexico City. I have by now had the oportunity to visit seven Volvo factories in five countries and no doubt Tultitlan shows one of the finest production facilities I have seen. As environmental director I imediatly recognised the avareness on the waste management.
First, the minimal amounts of scrapped material and secondly the sorting of the few remaining scraps. I was told that several employees changed their behaviour at home, aswell. By sorting, plastics, from metal from paper from combustibles etc. A lot of environmental load can be decreased. During daytime large roof windows allows the production facilities to be flooded by light, from the sun, an almost investment free use of solar power!
Local production and local sourcing is in general also positive for the environmental load. At Volvo Buses we have nine factories distributed globally. By applying common environmental guidelines for the purchasing globally Volvo can contribute to promote the use of less hazardous substances all over the world, aswell.