WINDSOR, Canada - The Essex Engine Plant (EEP) recently received the 2013 Environmental Leadership Award for U.S. and Canada for implementing a new oil-saving process capable of reducing costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Separate Environmental Leadership Awards are given annually in each of the four global regions: U.S. and Canada; Mexico and South America; FOE; and APA. This year, the review panel from the Environmental Quality Office, received 10 applications from the U.S and Canada before selecting three finalists. The finalists were invited to make presentations at EQO’s annual Environmental Compliance Workshop in Dearborn where Essex Engine was selected as the winner for U.S. and Canada.
Environmental leadership, environmental benefit and financial impact are the three criteria used to judge the value of each submission. EEP’s process came out on top because it accomplished all of these goals. Using a minimal amount of investment, EEP was able to save $165,000 in the first year of implementation alone.
Other entries this year included the Sharonville Transmission Plant, for developing another oil-saving process and Van Dyke Transmission Plant which detailed how it became the first zero waste to landfill transmission plant in North America.
“Ford Motor Company's facilities are often faced with complex environmental challenges,” said Andy Hobbs, director, Ford Environmental Quality Office. “Every year, employees rise to the challenge with innovative solutions that reduce environmental impact while promoting sustainability. These efforts and the courage that makes great ideas reality should not go unnoticed.”