Peterbilt Motors Co. announced that it has earned the 2010 Employer of the Year Silver Award by the North Texas Clean Air Coalition for its innovative environmental initiatives in improving air quality in the greater North Texas area. “We are committed to improving our business and manufacturing efforts with practices that provide beneficial environmental outcomes,” says Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president.
Peterbilt was chosen for voluntarily working to lower the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing processes. The company was recognized for multiple initiatives including reducing lift truck NOx levels by 17 percent, reducing electrical consumption by 29 percent in their Denton truck plant and 38 percent at their headquarters, partnering with Denton Municipal Electric to purchase renewable energy, and maintaining their Zero Waste to Landfill designation status since 2008.
Peterbilt has sustained its Zero Waste to Landfill designation by diverting 100 percent of waste from landfills. This was accomplished through employee efforts, division recycling programs, participating in beneficial waste to fuel initiatives, and partnering with strategic suppliers.
In addition, Peterbilt was recognized for its continuous commitment to improving product design and technology by offering U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smartway-certified vehicles that provide fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce NOx, particulate matter and other air pollutants. The Paccar MX engine uses selective catalytic reduction in combination with exhaust gas recirculation to meet EPA 2010 diesel engine emissions regulations. A line of hybrid vehicle applications also are available, in addition to trucks propelled by liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas systems.
“Our goal is to reduce emissions from our facilities and products to improve the air quality of not only our community but help our customers reduce their carbon footprint as well.” Jackson says. “We will continue to work proactively on additional technologies that benefit the environment.”