Bartira with the heat treatment team at the Powertrain Unit of the Fiat Automotive Plant (Betim). In the background, the ovens for the transmission production system.
“We developed the awareness project Captain of Energy, where a team of employees voluntarily helps in implementing simple actions such as turning off lights and air conditioners at certain times. This contributes to the reduction of the plant's energy consumption and, consequently, reduces emissions and spreads a sustainable culture”, says Adrianne Souza, Labor Safety Technician in Jaboatão dos Guararapes. In addition, this and other plants of the FCA group acquire Encouraged Energy (wind and solar, for example). The measure, besides reducing GHG emissions compared to others available in Brazil, such as thermal and hydroelectric, is also another incentive for renewable energy production in the country.
FCA's Neutral Carbon Program provides for the measurement, management, reduction and mitigation of GHG emissions from the daily activities of its ten production units in Latin America. For such, in addition to providing reports for the group's institutional inventory, each develops compensation actions. For emissions that cannot be eliminated, a compensation plan is made, according to Amanda, "with proportional investment of Carbon Credits in UN-recognized Clean Development Mechanism projects, the Certified Emission Reductions (CER) recognized worldwide".
Another action that contributes to lowering FCA’s GHG emissions is the biodiversity and carbon stocks protection programs. At the Jeep Automotive Plant, an area that was once occupied by sugarcane monoculture is now being reforested with seedlings from the original Atlantic Forest biome. Thus, by 2024, 304 hectares of green area and ecological corridors will have been created. At the Campo Largo Motor Factory, there is an area of 106 hectares of forest with more than 50 different plant species (including Araucaria), 82 bird species and six mammal species. The site also has five preserved water springs. Together, the programs of these two plants accumulate approximately 107,000 tons of stored CO2.
“With the FCA Neutral Carbon Program in Latin America we are reaching our internal and external audiences, spreading the concepts of GHG emissions and what we can do inside and outside the units to contribute to the fight against climate change”, concludes Amanda.
Words: Vanessa Costa