Environmental audits were completed for 100 percent of our facilities, and follow-up actions were taken where warranted.
Veolia Transportation worked with Paris colleagues to develop a world-class CO2 emissions calculator validated by Ernst & Young.
As concern for the environment increases, it is clearer than ever that public transportation will play a crucial role in providing sustainable mobility solutions. Veolia Transportation is at the forefront, and is committed to providing continued leadership and innovation. Sustainable development is important for our business — but it is also critical for the well-being of our children.
Vice President Public Sector
Motor Coach Industries
As the leading builder of commuter coaches supplying the public transportation industry, Motor Coach Industries is committed to sustainability in product innovation, factory operations and through its service center practices. At MCI, going green has been part of our culture for several generations.
A longtime leader in alternate propulsion technology, MCI’s experience goes back as far as the 1970s when the U.S. Department of Energy partnered with MCI to produce a small fleet of MC-8s fitted with Allison GT404-3 gas turbine power plants in lieu of the traditional diesel engines. In the 1980s and early 1990s, MCI’s TMC division produced ethanol-, methanol- and CNG-powered transit buses. In 1998, MCI once again partnered with the U.S. D.O.E. as well as the California Energy Commission to produce a test fleet of dual fuel natural gas commuter coaches for use in Santa Barbara County, Calif. This accomplishment was followed by the production of 77 CNG commuter coaches for New Jersey Transit in 1999 and 2000. In 2002, MCI brought the industry the very first hybrid drive commuter coaches in the form of four 40-foot D-Series models for New Jersey Transit.
More recently, MCI introduced the very first 45-foot heavy-duty three-axle hybrid commuter coach. Today, there are more than 100 MCI hybrid coaches operating in daily transit commuter service. The current hybrid model is quieter and uses the latest clean-diesel engine technology from Cummins along with the Allison Ep50 electric drive propulsion system.
Alternative power extends beyond the engine. Specifically for the hybrid coaches Houston Metro, MCI and supplier partners Sundyne and Carrier jointly developed an electric air-conditioning system that can operate either off of the coach’s electrical system or by plugging the coach into an external outlet while it is parked. This eliminates the need to idle the coach in order to cool it between runs, reducing the coach’s fuel usage and the carbon footprint.
Today, MCI’s new-generation D- Series commuter coaches are offered with an ultra-low-sulfur diesel engine or a hybrid drive system. Both versions have been Altoona tested and are available in Buy America-compliant configurations.
In 2007, MCI redesigned the cooling package on the D-Series coach, reducing the parasitic draw on the engine by 30 percent to further improve emission reductions. Now, MCI is preparing to incorporate the cleaner, greener engines that have been designed by their manufacturers to meet the EPA requirement to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 80 percent starting in 2010.
On the production line, MCI has replaced solvent-based materials with water-based substitutes to install coach carpeting, fabric and other trim. MCI has been testing a different vehicle undercoating system and has changed the paint it uses to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Since 2006, MCI has reduced its per coach VOC emissions to the environment by more than 20 percent.
MCI’s Winnipeg plant has long relied upon hydro-electric power, which is generally thought to be more sustainable than most other common energy sources. The MCI plants are also raising the environmental bar in other ways. There are action plans in place to improve air quality, air temperature control and noise abatement. This past year alone, the Winnipeg plant has installed several new heating systems and air curtain doors. The plant is also testing sound-absorbent blankets and is finding replacements for noisy tools and hammering, decreasing decibel noise levels by up to 15 percent in some instances.