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“Daimler’s Detroit facility has found a winning formula,” said Mark Johnson, Director of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. “Their systematic approach has cut energy intensity per unit of production by nearly a third, saved money, and considerably reduced their carbon footprint.”
The energy team took advantage of the facility’s existing lean manufacturing process (Kaizen principles), ISO 14001 management system, and Six Sigma-trained specialists. To engage employees across the facility, the team launched an internal, web-based database; augmented eLearning opportunities; and created various brochures, pocket cards, and notification boards. Strategically locating story boards and management meetings in a high-visibility area, known as the “Green Corner,” reinforced plant-wide commitment to energy sustainability, and this became a best practice at another Daimler site.
The facility’s multidisciplinary energy team continues to meet weekly to map and review energy usage and evaluate potential energy projects. Additional meters installed throughout the facility help the team to better visualize energy flows, identify significant energy uses, and prioritize energy efficiency efforts.
Superior Energy Performance® is a DOE-administered certification program that provides guidance, tools, and protocols for facilities that want to achieve deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001. SEP also complements and supports the industrial part of DOE's Better Buildings Initiative by verifying facility-level energy performance improvements and savings achieved by participants in the Better Buildings, Better Plants program. Members of the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board developed SEP as a transparent system for certifying sustained improvements in energy performance and management practices.