SP Meets at Ford Research and Innovation Center

SP Meets at Ford Research and Innovation Center

On May 21, SP held its 2nd Quarter Meeting at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, MI.  Andy Hobbs, Director of Ford’s Environmental Quality Office, welcomed participants to the meeting and discussed key environmental strategies of Ford’s global manufacturing operations.
The meeting featured a panel discussion on Addressing Global Regulations and Practices Impacting the Auto Supply Chain with speakers from Dykema, FCA, Ford, and Johnson Controls. Participants shared their experiences in managing diverse and often rapidly moving regulatory issues across the regions the auto industry operates, and discussed  collaborative opportunities for OEMs and suppliers to work together to build understanding, relationships and common methodologies with regard to global environmental sustainability issues.
    

Pictured: (left) Al Johnston, FCA; Grant Gilezan, Dykema, David Duesterberg, JCI; Chad McIntosh, Ford; Steve Hellem, SP; (right) Mathy Stanislaus, US EPA
Special guest speaker Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, discussed EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management initiative – a systematic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles – and discussed opportunities for the auto supply chain to engage.
The meeting also included discussions on enhancing collaboration with US EPA, and fellow auto sector organizations, as well as updates on collaborative energy, water and material efficiency projects with speakers from Covanta Energy, GM, Haley & AldrichRemake LLC and US EPA.