BorgWarner's production facility and engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a first for an automotive supplier in Brazil. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification affirms sustainable building strategies and practices. Inaugurated in 2013, BorgWarner's environmentally friendly Brazilian campus was specifically designed and built to fulfill the demanding requirements for LEED certification. It is one of several BorgWarner facilities around the globe to achieve this prestigious certification.
"We are proud to achieve another LEED certification recognizing the sustainability initiatives at our facilities, underlining our ambition to create a clean, energy-efficient world," said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. "For us, sustainability starts with an idea of how to use our natural resources wisely - including our global network of plants and campuses - and continues with our advanced technologies, specifically engineered to improve fuel economy, emissions and performance."
At its Itatiba facility, BorgWarner uses extensive natural lighting to help reduce electrical power consumption up to 97 percent. In addition, a highly efficient air conditioning system, the intelligent reuse of water and rainwater, and specific parking lots for low-emission vehicles contribute to the environmental sustainability of the entire campus.
In addition to BorgWarner's campus in Brazil, BorgWarner has established a number of green facilities around the world. The first production site in Poland to receive LEED certification, BorgWarner's plant in Rzeszow achieves 23 percent better energy efficiency and uses 32 percent less water than established LEED standards. BorgWarner's LEED silver certified plant in India makes maximum use of natural light, features LED lighting to conserve energy, and reserves 30 percent of its grounds for green spaces shaded with trees and plants and irrigated with recycled water.
BorgWarner's facility in Ningbo, China, uses state-of-the-art geothermal technology to heat and coolthe building while reducing energy costs by 30-60 percent withoutemitting carbon dioxide. The plant received a Green Plant Model Award from the Ningbo Municipal Landscaping Office for showing its commitment to a green environment by maintaining green spaces amounting to at least 35 percent of the total area.