Volvo Powertrain receives environmental awards

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Volvo Powertrain North America, located in Hagerstown, Md., recently was recognized for its environmental practices by Businesses for the Bay, an organization of businesses located near the Chesapeake Bay that is committed to restoring the health of its ecosystems.

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. presented the award for Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention at a Large Facility to Volvo Powertrain officials at a ceremony sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Representatives also were honored at the Businesses for the Bay annual meeting on Nov. 13 with the Environmental Excellence Award.

The Hagerstown facility, which supplies engines for Mack and Volvo trucks, implemented an environmental management system in 2002 aimed at reducing energy consumption, waste generation and water use at the site.

The facility’s heating system was replaced with more efficient equipment that has the ability to burn non-fossil fuels for heating. In addition, wastewater from process equipment now is treated at the site to recover clean water that can be reused for industrial processes, such as equipment cooling.