The garden and beehives are part of a broader sustainability push at Plastcoat, as Magna strives to attain its most ambitious environmental commitment to date: to achieve Net-Zero emissions by 2050, an important step in fighting the climate crisis.
“Employee awareness is a big part of our sustainability objectives,” said Jason Barber, Plastcoat’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, who grew up close to nature on a small farm in Port Loring, Ontario. “Each piece goes together, from the gardens and beehives to our initiatives to conserve energy and resources. That’s how we make an impact.”
Plastcoat has already achieved zero waste-to-landfill, diverting all waste from landfill disposal, since 2016. Barber notes in 2022 alone, Plastcoat diverted 269 metric tons of waste, with half of the material recycled and the rest going to a processing site where it is reconverted into energy for the Ontario grid.
Through the WAGES program – short for Water, Air, Gas, Electricity, Silos – the division collects data and measures resource use in real time, so teams can react instantly if sensors highlight a concern, including at the operator level on the shop floor. Barber likens it to monitoring a water bill at home and adjusting the amount used for daily activities.
The facility also conserves electricity by shutting off 90% of equipment during the weekends.
It’s not only the sustainability team that’s coming up with great ideas to safeguard resources and the planet. Barber said front-line workers are making significant contributions.
“Here’s a great example,” he said. “All of the work cells on the assembly line have lights and fans that ran constantly in the past. The employees asked for the ability to turn them off and on as needed. At their request, we wired everything. When people are aware, they can begin to make an impact.
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