Daimler Trucks North America says its Portland truck manufacturing plant is achieving carbon-neutral production in 2020 with reduced energy consumption and the offset of on-site emissions. DTNA adds it further plans to incorporate CO₂-neutral production at all of its remaining truck manufacturing plants by 2025.
The Portland plant will be the first vehicle manufacturing plant to achieve CO₂-neutral production in the global Daimler Trucks network. DTNA says it is investing in the facility as it prepares for production of the Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2, the company’s first battery-electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks planned for the start of series production in 2022.
Through a partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, DTNA says the plant has reduced its energy consumption from vehicle manufacturing with equipment replacement and facility upgrades. The upcoming implementation of ISO 50001 will ensure further improvement in energy efficiency for the Portland plant, DTNA says.
As a signing member of Portland General Electric’s Green Future Impact program, DTNA has also committed to the purchase of “green” energy from wind and solar power generation, including from the recently-announced Pachwáywit fields, slated to be Oregon’s largest solar facility, located in Gilliam County, about 150 miles east of Portland.