24 April 2008
Australian car manufacturer Holden is to make its supply chain more environmentally friendly.
The company, a subsidiary of US-based General Motors, is to work with non-profit group the World Environment Center (WEC) to promote sustainable development among its own suppliers and in Australia's automotive supply chain.
The scheme aims to give the firm's vendors advice and support to boost their energy efficiency and reduce the amount of water they use. So far 17 of the group's suppliers in Victoria and South Australia have signed up to the project.
Terry Yosie, CEO of the WEC, said the aim of the project was to help suppliers achieve specific measurable results to improve performance.
Bo Andersson, group vice-president, GM global purchasing and supply chain, said in a statement: "It gives the suppliers the chance to improve their environmental performance while at the same time increasing their global competitiveness."
It follows a similar project carried out with GM's suppliers in China in August last year, which improved manufacturing processes to reduce environmental impact and cut costs.
The WEC is also working with Shanghai GM, the firm's subsidiary in China, to assess equipment used by suppliers, manufacturing processes and factories to improve energy efficiency. So far eight suppliers have lowered costs by more than $254,000 (£128,565) in total, and saved 106 million litres of water. The number of suppliers taking part is expected to grow to 40 by the end of the year.