Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, (HMMA) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said President Young Deuk Lim, president and chief executive officer. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."
Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights HMMA's status within the top 25 percent of auto manufacturing plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. HMMA improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plant.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
To earn the ENERGY STAR, HMMA took the following actions:
- Established a fifteen-member Energy Task Force to brainstorm ideas for energy conservation projects.
- Maximized savings and improved working conditions by installing energy-efficient lighting technology.
- Regulated chilled water for the plant operations with newly-installed variable frequency electric motors. This project effectively maintained team member comfort and reduced HMMA's carbon footprint.
- Implemented an energy metering system to measure all utilities including electricity, gas and water for all departments. Daily energy usage reports are generated and emailed to each department.
- HMMA's multi-media information sharing system provided employees with statistics and tips to raise awareness about initiatives to protect the environment and save energy
- Collaborated with local utility companies to implement ideas for reducing peak demand and greenhouse gases.
Key 2011 accomplishments include:
- Reduced energy intensity by 4.4 million KGOE (kilograms of oil equivalent) in the year 2011.
- Achieved a 9% to 10% reduction in energy use for the last two years.