Chrysler Brampton Assembly Plant achieves ISO 50001 certification
March 12, 2014 - Chrysler Group says its Brampton Assembly Plant is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve ISO 50001 certification. The standard includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems.
By Anthony Capkun
“I am extremely proud of the staff at Brampton Assembly Plant who worked tirelessly to help us achieve ISO 50001:2011 ‘Energy Management’ standards certification,” said Dan Omahen, plant manager. “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.”
The plant’s achievements in energy management range from lighting control projects developed and implemented by plant electricians (estimated savings of $110,000 in annual electricity costs) to investment in an automated heating & ventilation management system and scheduler (estimated savings of almost $2 million in annual electricity and natural gas costs), while also reducing excess negative exhaust by 1,200,000 cfm.
As part of the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) activities at the Brampton facility, the plant established a cross-functional energy management team that included skilled trades staff and managers, as well as local utility companies, who offered suggestions and explored various improvement ideas. The facility says it partnered with Enbridge Gas and the Ministry of Natural Resources (federal) for many of these initiatives.
The Brampton facility served as the pilot plant for ISO 50001 certification among Chrysler Group’s North American automotive assembly plants. The remaining plants are expected to be certified by the end of this year.