Waste management

To reduce the consumption of raw materials and related environmental impacts, FCA has implemented procedures to ensure maximum recovery and reuse of materials and minimum waste. What cannot be reused is recycled. If neither reuse nor recovery is possible, waste is disposed of using the method having the least environmental impact, with landfills only used as a last resort. These principles are incorporated in the Waste Management Guidelines formalized in 2012 and adopted at Group sites worldwide.

As a result of continued improvements in the waste management cycle, FCA achieved a 3.6% year-over-year reduction in total waste generated despite higher production volumes.

At the Group level, the percentage of waste recovered increased to 80.6% of total waste generated. Waste sent to landfill accounted for 16.9% and was essentially related to inert sand from Teksid foundries. Plants that produce for the mass- market brands, which account for the majority of total waste generated, reduced waste to landfill either to zero or very close to zero. For hazardous waste, the Group achieved a 3.3% year-over-year reduction (-38.8% since 2010).

The reduction in the total volume of waste generated led to savings of around €9 million and revenues of around €32 million worldwide in 2014.

Waste generated (thousands of tons)201420132012
Waste recovered(1) 1,406 1,339 1,291
% of waste recovered(1) 80.6% 74.0% 73.3%
Waste disposed of 338 470 470
Total waste generated 1,744 1,809 1,761
of which hazardous 38 39 40

(1) 2012 and 2013 data updated to be consistent with Global Reporting Initiative G4 standard.