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Brampton slashed energy use

by David Zatz on

Chrysler’s  Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification by TÜV, an international certification organization.

BAP’s achievements range from lighting control projects that save $110,000 per year, to automated temperature controls that may save nearly $2 million per year, while reducing excess negative exhaust by 1,200,000 cubic feet per minute.

Built in 1986 by AMC, BAP was Chrysler’s pilot plant for ISO 50001 certification;  remaining plants are expected to be certified by the end of 2014. BAP has already been certified for ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment).

Dan Omahen, Plant Manager, said, “This experience has proven that when employees rally together, and work alongside management and agency partners, sustainable solutions can be identified that help us improve energy optimization and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

As part of the WCM activities at BAP, the plant established a cross-functional energy management team that included skilled trades staff and managers as well as local utility companies; the company also partnered with Enbridge Gas and the Federal Ministry of Natural Resources.  This team approach lent itself well to ISO 50001.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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