Tenneco Inc.



Automotive Parts



Tennaco Inc. 

500 North Field Drive

Lake Forest

Illinois 60045

United States of America







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Tenneco Inc.

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Tenneco Inc. is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois with 210 manufacturing plants, 58 distribution centers and warehouses, and 37 engineering and technical facilities with approximately 81,000 employees located in approximately 30 countries.

Tenneco expects to separate its business to create two new independent companies: an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company named DRiV as well as a new Powertrain Technology company.

With a world-leading stable of automotive brands, ranging from the highest level of performance to the broadest everyday use, Tenneco tailors solutions to its markets and customers. With Tenneco’s acquisition of Federal-Mogul, they have successfully built a foundation of brands that has reached from the Model T to the Model E, including 15 brands that are more than 100 years old.

Tenneco aims to serve its customers and society with technology solutions that help make mobility cleaner, more efficient, comfortable and more enjoyable, striving to make the world we live in better.

Their products help reduce vehicle mass, improve fuel economy and meet emissions targets without compromising vehicle performance which has become critical for vehicle manufacturers.

Tenneco’s technology roadmap for the Clean Air division ensures that they have the right technologies at the right times to meet, and exceed, the needs of their customers in all markets. Their emission control engineering centers share global expertise and capabilities to design and develop solutions for passenger car, light truck, commercial vehicle, locomotive, power generation, marine, and specialty vehicle applications. Research and development efforts focus on innovations to support immediate and anticipated mandates and customer demand for diesel-engine vehicles as well as gasoline.

Company Sustainable Activity

All business units within Tenneco are united in their mission to preserve the environment and conserve resources. As a global organization, the company is committed to supporting local communities and enabling a healthier and more productive world through our risk based, focused, balanced, and aligned approach.

Tenneco’s environmental strategy is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of its facilities while developing and delivering quality products that enable fuel-efficiency to their customers. Their strategy is partially informed by risk and opportunity assessments identified by business systems.

Tenneco’s Short Term Environmental Strategies – Reducing the environmental footprint of our facilities – Lower GHG emissions, Lower energy usage, Increase operational efficiency.

Tenneco’s Long Term Environmental Strategies – Development and incorporation of new technologies that minimize product impact on the environment.

To accomplish their short term strategy, manufacturing operations are continually investigating higher efficiency in the selection of production assets and facilities to lower energy costs. This reduction in electricity consumption is consistent with their operational goal of minimizing impact on the environment. In addition, the Groups’ annual business strategy cycle is linked to regulatory emissions targets through the review of regional, regulatory targets for the next 10+ years, as well as the product choices their customers plan in their future portfolios. This review serves as the linkage between their short and long term strategy coordination. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and vehicle propulsion efficiency have been identified as key defining opportunities for Tenneco’s business lines and feature prominently in their future product roadmaps in support of its automotive industry customers. 

Tenneco’s environmental commitments support their business growth and help address the impacts of climate change while helping their stakeholders meet their own sustainability goals. The company leverages its technical and regulatory expertise to create processes in which the company identifies regulatory market opportunities which translate into business growth and new technologies. In 2018, their New Technology Introduction (NTI) competency included team members from both core science and advanced engineering functions. These groups investigate, propose and develop new prototype products and pursue intellectual property under the company’s NTI management system. Successful products are then transferred through the Tenneco Program Launch System (TenPLUS).

The company created a cross-functional committee to steer and enable the company’s vision for environmental stewardship, drawing insights directly from their Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) division and working collectively to set environmental and operational goals and strategies. These two systems are complementary – results of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process and operational oversight are used to align strategy, people, process, technology, and knowledge with the purpose of evaluating and managing risks and opportunities on an integrated basis, focusing on both protecting and enhancing value. The Senior Vice President (SVP) of Human Resources has the highest level of direct responsibility for environmental risks, opportunities, and goals. The SVP oversees Tenneco’s EHS activities and reports directly to our Chief Executive Officer.

Environmental goals are managed through the implementation of the ISO 14001 standard and similar site-level management programs. Environmental audits are performed annually with three-year certification cycles. The company reports and shares their environmental metrics monthly to its CEO and Staff leadership, evaluating and tracking against the annual targets and objectives. Their ISO 14001 third-party certifications further demonstrate their commitment to environmental excellence. Of their global manufacturing sites, 81 percent are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 standard. The majority of remaining facilities have a management system in place in accordance to this standard.

As a global organization, the company is committed to supporting local communities and enabling a healthier and more productive world. The company takes a proactive approach towards continuous environmental improvement through recycling, reuse, energy conservation, conservation of water and other nonrenewable resources, air and water pollution prevention, and effective waste management. This approach is bolstered by the Group’s clearly defined goal of reducing their global GHG emissions and weight of product shipped by 50 percent from a baseline of 2008 by 2020. Looking toward the next few years, the company anticipates each separate, independent new company will establish relevant goals and objectives which will include environmental aspects, based on identified risks and opportunities to each business. Further improvement actions the company participates in include calculating their pollution prevention index (PPI), implementing ISO 50001 management systems at many of their European manufacturing sites , and disclosing their environmental performance to stakeholders through CDP and other frameworks. The following sections highlight the company’s most recent environmental performance and initiatives within their operations.


  • OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001 – 43% of manufacturing sites are certified.
  • ISO 14001 – 81% of manufacturing sites certified.
  • ISO 50001 – Many European manufacturing sites certified.

Sustainable Development Goals

How company covers SDGs

SDG 5 Gender Equality – “We take great pride that our workforce is diverse, inclusive, and dynamic. Greater than 25 percent of our workforce is classified as ethnically diverse or as female.” At Tenneco, employees are hired from all backgrounds and skills, with their female employee count growing over eight percent since 2016, with 25 percent of executive promotions being female.

SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth – Tenneco has a goal of creating a safe, injury-free workplace and this is accomplished through providing training to employees, implementing safety programs, and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. They have also developed initiatives and opportunities to empower employees to progress their skill set, focusing on tools and training to build capability, technical, professional and leadership skills and use a progressive learning approach of “learn-do-lead” to develop future leaders.

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Inafrastructure – “On an ongoing basis, product management and advanced engineering teams jointly review and create roadmaps of technologies and products necessary to support our customers’ fuel type, engine, and exhaust strategies”.

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production – Tenneco has managed to reduce their energy consumption, water consumption, and waste generation through successful initiatives designed to achieve the above.

SDG 13 Climate Action – “We take a proactive approach towards continuous environmental improvement through recycling, reuse, energy conservation, conservation of water and other nonrenewable resources, air and water pollution prevention, and effective waste management.”


According to the company


  • 16.4 Metric Tonnes CO2e Savings

The company measures, monitors, and analyzes their carbon footprint year-over-year and continues to invest in reduction efforts and improvement of data collection. In 2018, the company made progress on several initiatives such as:

Upgrading building systems, such as HVAC and heating controls, to be more efficient.

Process optimization for machinery in 16 locations, leading to an estimated savings of 16.4 metric tonnes CO2e.

  • 5 Million Gallons of H2O Recycled

The company’s current water stewardship goals include completing a detailed assessment of the importance of sufficient amounts of quality freshwater across their value chain by 2021. The company is currently working to balance their water-related risks with energy use goals to optimize their overall environmental footprint. For example, the company implemented a wastewater treatment system in our Changzhou plant, recycling for reuse more than five million gallons of water a year. 

  • 4.6 Million Pound Waste Reduction 

The Clean Air North America division of Tenneco had a reduction of 4.6 million pounds of waste in 2018. This waste reduction was the result of a number of activities including, but not limited to:

Reusable chip containers instead of using cardboard containers. 

  Reduction of waste water by installation of Delta 3 spark arrestors for welding equipment.

Project of cleaning spark arrestors with air instead of water

  • 8% Overall Reduction in Emissions

2017 – 100.09 Intensity Value (mt CO2e/$M Revenue)

2018 – 91.83 Intensity Value (mt CO2e/$M Revenue)

Targets and Achievements:

  • Reduce Energy Use and Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 

3% reduction in energy use by 2019, normalized by hours worked, as compared to 2016 baseline levels.

3% reduction in GHG emissions by 2019 (Scope 1 and Scope 2), normalized by hours worked, as compared to 2016 baseline levels Reduce water use.

  • Reduce Water Use:

3% reduction in water use by 2019, normalized by hours worked, as compared to 2016 baseline levels Reduce hazardous waste generation and disposal.

  • Reduce Hazardous Waste Generation and Disposal:

3% reduction in industrial hazardous (dangerous) waste disposed by 2019, normalized by hours worked, as compared to 2016 baseline levels.”

Tenneco Inc. has clear measurable steps on their sustainability plans and is successful at reporting about their activities.The company is working to reduce its environmental impact, but there are no sustainability awards and sustainability listings that acknowledge their work . However, the company has ISO certificates that show their alignment to standards. Therefore, based on Tenneco’s initiatives, results, and certifications, the company is given a B rating.


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