LAS VEGAS — French cockpit and seating supplier Faurecia is prepared to begin re-sourcing content around the world this year as it attempts to reduce its global carbon footprint, its CEO said here during CES.
The supplier, with worldwide sales of more than $20 billion in 2018, has a plan to begin "buying green" — changing Tier 2 and Tier 3 vendors and service providers if it results in reduced carbon emissions.
"We start immediately," Patrick Koller told Automotive News last week after discussing the company's strategic plans at a press conference. "The first thing will be our transportation companies. We need to know what level of CO2 are they producing.
"When we have selected suppliers usually, we are not really looking at the pickup point," he said. "We have to start reducing the number of kilometers or miles that our parts are traveling to reach us as well as our customers."
European manufacturers came under dramatic new regulations this month that require them to begin ratcheting down carbon dioxide emissions or face stiff taxes on their products. But Koller said Faurecia is taking a global approach to reducing its carbon footprint, including tackling the issue in the U.S.