Environmental Features of the Ramos Arizpe Manufacturing Facility

Ramos Arizpe Environmental Features

Read about some of the environmental features incorporated over the past few years into General Motors' Ramos Arizpe, Mexico manufacturing complex. Saturn's 2008 Vue sport-utility is built at the Mexican plant. These points were highlighted in a pamphlet handed out by Saturn on their year's auto show circuit.

Facility Honors:

  • In 2005, Mexico's President, Vicente Fox Quesada, awarded the National Electrical Energy Savings Award to GM de Mexico. Honorees of this award represent successful examples of the efficient use of electrical energy and also operate responsibly by saving resources.
  • In 2004, Fox recognized GM Mexico's (GMM) Ramos Arizpe and Silao facilities with the Environmental Excellence Award for their achievements and GMM's commitment to the environment.
  • Ramos Arizpe Complex was recognized by receiving the International Stockholm 2001 Industry Water Conservation award.
  • In 1999 the facility achieved and has maintained an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification, which is an international voluntary set of environmental standards.

Environmental Improvements and Processes

  • At this facility, an artificial lagoon was built to store treated wastewater. Today, this lagoon has become an independent ecosystem housing fish and local duck species and serves as a host for other migrating birds and land species.
  • Implementation of a special water conservation technology in 1999 has increased the efficiency of well water utilization by 25%.
  • An innovative system to treat and reuse wastewater was implemented in 1999, allowing a reduction of water withdrawl by approximately 10%.
  • Conversion to a lead free cathodic paint in 2003 eliminated a hazardous waste stream.
  • In 2003, chromium was eliminated from the phosphate body preparation for paint.
  • Special high temperature emission destruction equipment was installed to reduce air emissions from the painting operation.

Ramos Recycles

  • Ramos Arizpe operations recycle 98.8% of their hazardous and non-hazardous wastes either through traditional recycling or through utilizing these materials as alternative fuels.
  • All GM Mexico facilities eliminated the disposal of hazardous wastes in landfills beginning in August 2003.
  • Ramos Arizpe plastic recycling program increased 63% in 2006 compared to average values of the previous six years and 34% in 2006 compared to 2005.
  • In 2006, Ramos Arizpe recycled 3,384 metric tons of cardboard, 4,300 tons of wood pallets, 497 tons of plastics, and 24,770 tons of scrap metal. These recycling efforts conserved over 131,500 trees, 49,000 gallons of gasoline, and enough metal to produce over 22,000 vehicles.
  • New recycling efforts include materials such as production foam, food cans from cafeterias, and plastic packaging materials.

Ramos People

  • GM Ramos Arizpe is an active participant in the local community. The plant's environmental engineers participate yearly in the State Environmental Fair, sharing experiences, and mentoring activities for children concerning environmental protection on a play and learn basis.
  • The complex has a team of employees whose primary goal is to protect human health and the environment at the plant as part of their day-to-day activities. Their work includes monitoring the emission control equipment, waste management, wastewater discharges, and assisting with construction projects to assure than environmental considerations are incorporated into plant and equipment designs. All of these issues are framed by GMM's environmental management system ISO 14001, named SIGA.

Source: Saturn

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