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WEC and Shanghai GM Announce Results of 2009 Greening the Supply Chain Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.” The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 14, 2010—The World Environment Center (WEC) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM) today announced the results of their 2009 “Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.”  The 2009 project involved 125 Tier 1 suppliers that make a variety of automobile products and parts for SGM-produced automobiles in China’s domestic market.

 

SGM's Greening the Supplier China Initiative is the most comprehensive undertaking of its kind among all Chinese auto manufacturers. In 2005, GM China introduced the best practices of a Green Supplier Chain program with the help of GM global public policy team to SGM. It was then implemented as a small pilot program involving 8 suppliers of SGM. It has since progressed to market scale in subsequent years.  SGM is a joint venture between General Motors and the Shanghai Automotive International Corporation.

The project goal is to advance sustainable development in SGM’s national supply chain by working directly with suppliers to reduce the environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes.  Results from the 2009 project include:

 

  • Reduction of over one million tons of water among participating suppliers.
  • Decreases of over eighty million kW/hours of energy use.
  • Elimination of over fifty-five thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduced raw material costs per unit of output.
  • Improved cycle time and the ability to be more responsive to customer needs.

 

“Shanghai General Motors has been a leader in implementing a green supply chain focus to its business operations,” concluded Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO.  “By managing sustainable development initiatives through a business process, SGM has improved the energy and environmental performance across its supply chain, built stronger customer-supplier relationships and increased its ability to adapt to evolving governmental requirements.”  For a copy of the recent presentation on WEC-SGM 2009 project results, please connect to this link.

 

WEC has managed a number of greening the supply chain projects in recent years.  In addition to China, WEC’s projects were implemented in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Romania. 

 

For more information on WEC’s work in this area, please contact Gwen Davidow at gdavidow@wec.org. 

 

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