As we continue to build our new state-of-the-art assembly plant and to bring nearly 6,500 jobs to Michigan, including nearly 5,000 to Detroit, we know we have a great responsibility to minimize the environmental impact for this and future generations.
We take this responsibility seriously, which is why we’re proud to say that our new Detroit assembly plant is both the future home of two electrified Jeep® vehicles and one of our most efficient and sustainable manufacturing operations. In fact, this facility will have the lowest achievable volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rate of any auto assembly plant in the country and, once up and running in late 2020, will employ the latest in advanced technologies and processes.
But, our commitment to Detroit goes well beyond our facilities.
Over the course of 75 meetings with elected officials, community leaders, neighbors, environmental non governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, we worked to understand the environmental concerns expressed by our neighbors. We also met regularly with the Neighborhood Advisory Council, comprised of nine elected local residents, to help guide our decision making.
Based upon community input, the following outlines our environmental plans for the next three years:
We also have elected to enhance the State of Michigan’s air monitoring network by installing an ambient air quality monitoring station on our property. This is in support of the community’s request for more accurate and reliable data that reflects the air quality on the east side of Detroit. We will work in collaboration with Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to share this data with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as we all work to help improve residents’ quality of life.
To summarize, we are working toward a shared vision for a positive future and throughout the entire journey, we will do our best to earn your trust.
We are incredibly grateful to the community, elected officials and all stakeholders for this opportunity to build our next 100 years in Detroit.