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SAE International Presents Environmental Excellence in Transportation Awards

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 31, 2006 - Ten engineering teams have been recognized by SAE International’s Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Awards. The awards were presented during the Government/Industry Meeting in Washington D.C., May 8-10.

The awards, established in 2000, recognize individuals who make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact caused by the transportation industry.  These achievements cover the areas of education, new methods and tools, energy and emissions, recycling and remanufacturing, process innovations, materials development and noise management.  

The winners were honored in the following categories:

Education, Training and Public Awareness


“Environment Week”

Team presenter: Klaus Acerbi, Delphi Corporation

Team members: Andre Alves, Denise Bianchi, Pablo Bortoleto, Ana Dian, Rosley Galdino, José Maciel, João Menegon, Alexander Paiva, Ailton Sabino, Elisangela Tonietti

Delphi provided environmental training for more than 2,000 Brazilian children in 2004, and more than 3,000 Brazilian children in 2005.  The training was conducted in 10 of ’s cities in which Delphihas a presence.  Lessons taught included: best practices for waste management and recycling and best practices for water conservation and pollution prevention.  Delphihas seen positive responses to the training efforts and will continue to develop and share materials with Brazilian schools.

New Methods and Tools


“Environmental Certificate Mercedes-Benz S-Class”

Team presenter: Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, DaimlerChrysler AG

Team members: Rüdiger Hoffmann, Bruno Stark, Klaus Ruhland, Dieter Liebhart, Norbert Giesen

The DaimlerChrysler team came in first place for their Mercedes-Benz S-Class car, the world’s first automobile with an environmental certificate.  Product development for the car was environmentally-oriented and showed an improvement in environmental performance.  Examples of improvement included: a reduction of life cycle global warming potential by 6 percent, an increase of renewable materials parts by 73 percent, and use of 45 recycled plastics parts. 




“Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Software Model”

Team presenter: Michael Q. Wang, Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory was recognized for GREET, a software tool for evaluating energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new fuels.  GREET considers the fuel cycle from wells to wheels and helps evaluate and pursue more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle and fuel technologies.  Since its release, GREET has become a familiar and respected analytical tool among government and industry users.

Mobile Energy and Emissions


“Development of 2005 Model Year Accord Hybrid”

Team presenter: Masaaki Kaizuka, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

Team members: Teruo Wakashiro, Toshitaka Imai, Toshiaki Maeda, Akira Kabasawa, Noboru Yusaku, Naritomo Higuchi, Kohei Hanada

Stationary Energy and Emissions


“Rotary Transfer Coating (RTC) Process for Coating Compressor Pistons”

Team presenter: Rebecca Bish, Delphi Corporation

Team members:  Doug Bahun, Ted Cochran, Lyn Porcelli, Roger Hopkins, Joanne Rau, Mike Schwab, Ming Guang Zhu

The  Delphi  team came in first place for their RTC process for coating compressor pistons.  The RTC process reduces emissions from the compressor piston wear coating material by applying the coating more efficiently than the existing spray application.  This was accomplished through modifying the coating material and changing the coating application process.


“Wave Solder Improvements Yield Significant Global Environmental Benefits and Economic Savings”
Team presenter: Dan Afseth, Delphi Corporation

Team members: Lori Amos, Mark Beach, Galen Davis, Stu Longgood, Sam Platt, Jim Romack, Dave Sedam

The  Delphi  team’s global implementation of improvements to the wave solder process used in manufacturing circuit boards resulted in significant environmental and economic benefits.  Benefits included: reductions in air emissions, decreased lead solder waste sent for disposal, reduced hazardous waste generated, improved product quality, increased production efficiency, and significant cost savings. 

Recycling, Reuse and Remanufacturing


“Filtration for the Environment”

Team presenter: John Bradburn, General Motors

Team members: Christophe Vanloplinus, Robert Johnson, Sanjay Marathe, David O’Ryan, Wes Norton, Larry Angerman,  Glen Rowe, Mark Fischer,  Dan Chrzanowski, Daniel McComb

In today’s manufacturing environment, air and water filtration is a key component in maintaining a clean and safe environment.  Proper filtration management is critical in assuring sustainable resources.  In addition, it makes economic sense to provide filtration systems that maintain product quality.  The winning project in the category of “Recycling, Reuse and Remanufacturing” provided manufacturing filtration enhancements that significantly improved environmental performance and financial value.  Due to the implementation of this project, filtration system by-products are now diverted from landfill and reprocessed for internal reuse or recycled.  Many aspects of the project are globally-applicable for all manufacturers using filtration systems.


“Delphi Packard Ohio Molding Operations Plastic Recycling”

Team presenter: Ken Conzett, Delphi Corporation

Team members: Tom Blackburn, Gary Casterline, Roger Carfangia, Alan Ciminero, Bill Capito, Ken Ellsworth, Mike Nemet, Stephen Martinolich, Ray Polinko

Delphi’s injection molding operations in Northeast Ohiorecycle nearly 5 million pounds of plastic scrap each year.  The material is then reused to produce connection systems components for the automotive industry. Almost all of the scrap material, inherent in the injection molding process, is collected, reground and remixed entirely within the plants.

Materials Development and Usage


“Cost, Energy Usage and Environmental Impact of Improved Circuit Board Assembly Cleaning Chemistry”

Team presenter: Aleksandra Djordjevic, Delphi Corporation

Team members: Brad Burton, Wayne Sozansky, Jim Spall, Dan Afseth, Galen Davis, Joe Blazek, Rick Furmack, Jeremy Montpas

Delphi’s implementation of an alternative circuit board assembly cleaning chemistry benefited Delphi’s products, processes, facilities, environment and workers.  It also improved product reliability by enabling a more robust cleaning process.  Another result was the reduction in air emissions and lead-containing scrap.


“Development of DyneonÔ Brand THVÔ Fluoroplastic Barrier for Low Permeation Elastomeric Fuel Hose”

Team presenter: Mark Geis, Dyneon LLC/ 3M

Team members: Attila Molnar, Dennis Hull, Paul Tuckner, Denis Duchesne, James Balzer (formerly of 3M), Todd Fukushi, Al Sohlo, Craig Hoff

The development of Dyneon Brand THV fluoroplastic for automotive elastomeric fuel hose was directed at reducing evaporative emissions to meet California Air Resource Board and EPA standards.  This barrier material enabled OEMs to meet their evaporative emission targets for large fuel hoses while maintaining hose flexibility, shape and crash worthiness.  Vehicle fuel systems did not need to be dramatically redesigned in the process.  Dyneon has replicated this technology throughout Europe, Japan, Korea, China and Russia.  The hose will soon be adopted in the small engine, marine motorcycle and recreational vehicle markets.