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10 Feb 2021

Jeep Automotive Pole is LATAM’s First Industrial Complex to Reach Carbon Neutrality; Jeep Brazil Dealer Network Commits to Also Achieving Neutrality

- All 16 suppliers of the Pole join the Jeep Plant, which was already Carbon Neutral since 2017, to enable the first industrial complex in LATAM to achieve such status; - Jeep Dealer Network in Brazil is committed to also achieving carbon neutrality yet this year; - Jeep's commitment to reducing and neutralizing emissions also includes novelties in the product portfolio;

Jeep Automotive Pole is LATAM’s First Industrial Complex to Reach Carbon Neutrality; Jeep Brazil Dealer Network Commits to Also Achieving Neutrality

GOIANA (PE), Brazil - February 10, 2021 - In yet another important step in Jeep's commitment to sustainability and respect for nature, the Goiana Automotive Hub, in the Zona da Mata Norte of Pernambuco, has just been confirmed as the first carbon-neutral multi-plant industrial complex in Latin America. The Jeep plant holds since 2017 Brazil’s GHG Protocol Gold Seal, which aims to encourage companies to quantify and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Now, all 16 factories that make up the complex’s Supplier Park have also joined emissions compensation initiatives, through the “Friends of Climate” program, turning the entire Industrial Complex neutral thanks to a combined strategy of emissions reduction and compensation.

“This is a very important achievement, only possible through the commitment to sustainable development that we and our suppliers share”, says Antonio Filosa, Stellantis Chief Operating Officer (COO) for South America. “Stellantis was born with the vision of seeking carbon neutrality. In this way, we take a very important step with this unprecedented milestone for the entire South American industry. And many other initiatives are under way.”

The Jeep Dealer Network is also committed to carbon neutrality, seeking initiatives to reduce and offset emissions in all 200 stores across Brazil. “In total harmony with the brand's values ​​and inspired by the historic achievement of the Jeep Automotive Pole, we introduced the program to our association and the interest was immediate. Now, we will work together to build in Brazil the first Jeep dealer network in the world to reach carbon neutrality”, says Everton Kurdejak, Jeep Commercial Director for Brazil.

Jeep's commitment goes further, also extending it to the portfolio. “We designed a strategy with three clear steps for the theme of carbon emissions in Brazil. The first was achieved with the Jeep Industrial Pole. The next step is the commitment of our dealer network. The last, but not least, comes with the electrification of our portfolio, which is already underway abroad. We will have important novelties to offer to the Brazilian costumers yet this year”, says Alexandre Aquino, Head of the Jeep Brand for Latin America.

Unprecedented Industry milestone

The Jeep Automotive Pole, inaugurated in 2015, has become a benchmark in socio-environmental initiatives, with programs that range from operations to the work carried out with surrounding communities. The achievement of Gold Seal by Brazil’s GHG Protocol Program for the Jeep plant, in 2017, triggered a coordinated work to neutralize emissions for the entire Automotive Pole through the development of processes to reduce and neutralize GHG emissions from manufacturing operations.

“We started to engage all companies from the Supplier Park in this effort. We already have an integrated work with these companies, so it was natural to extend it to our goals of reducing the Pole's carbon footprint, making our operations even more sustainable. We trained the partners, developed the full inventory of emissions and today we have achieved this very important milestone”, says Renato Cortez, EH&S manager of the Jeep Automotive Pole.

Cortez also points out that the reduction in the Pole’s emissions indicator has been happening gradually, since the beginning of its operations. In 2020, for example, there was an 18% reduction in the indicator, compared to 2019.

According to Sérgio Marques, Plant Manager of CMA, a company that integrates the Supplier Park, reaching carbon neutralization is the recognition of a daily effort from every member of the Pole’s workforce. “Our fundamentals are, above all, about sharing ideas. Our employees think, all the time, in simple yet innovative ways to contribute. The exchange of experiences also happens between companies”, describes Marques. He lists some actions aimed at energy efficiency, resulting in natural gas and electricity consumption, such as the use of intelligent robots with cooling system in stand by, leveraging natural lighting as much as possible, adopting led lamps and electric forklifts, among other initiatives.

A sustainable pole

Inaugurated in 2015, Jeep is the first industry from the Northeast Region to implement a zero landfill program, as 100% of all waste generated in the production process is sent for recycling and reuse. At the Pole’s “Ecological Island”, 13,000 tons of waste are handled monthly. Currently, 88% of waste recycling contracts are held with companies from the surroundings, helping the development of the local recycling chain and generating new business opportunities.

The Pole’s water management system is another highlight. Since the beginning of operations, there has been a 46% reduction in water consumption per vehicle produced, in addition to reaching 99.5% reuse for water utilized in the industrial process. Through this system, about 23 thousand cubic meters of water are not captured from the public supply network every month – this is the equivalent to six Olympic swimming pools, or the average monthly consumption of 6,800 people.

Another key initiative is the Jeep Biodiversity Program. An area that was previously occupied by sugarcane monoculture is being reforested with seedlings from the original Atlantic Forest biome. By 2024, 304 hectares of green area and ecological corridors will be created. To date, more than 100,000 seedlings of 295 different native species have been planted, 27 of which are endangered. The goal is to reach 208,000 seedlings by 2024.

 

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