Bridgestone tyre factory granted ISO 50001 certification

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Just last month, Bridgestone's tyre factory in Burgos, Spain, was awarded the ISO 50001 certification for its energy management system, the Tyre Press website reports.

The plant became the first Bridgestone manufacturing facility in Europe to be granted the ISO 50001 classification, and only the second globally following the achievement made by the facility in Wilson County, US. The company's European Technical Centre near Rome in Italy has already achieved ISO 50001 status.

Bridgestone has been striving to reduce its energy usage for some time, with the goal of reducing its global CO2 emissions by 35% between 2005 and 2020.

Thanks to ongoing improvements to the energy management system (EnMS) at its Burgos plant, the company has been able to make a major contribution to this target - with the site now using 20% less energy to produce tyres than in 2005. Essentially, this has made the facility one fifth more energy efficient - something that the ISO 50001 certification acknowledges.

Commenting on the achievement, Burgos plant manager Kepa Hernandez said that the company was "very proud to achieve this standard which demonstrates Bridgestone's commitment to a sustainable future."

"Our energy improvement targets have been translated into actions and investments, delivering actual results which will be continually improved."

The standard itself centres on using a "plan...do...check...act" strategy in regards to improving industrial energy management, with a particular focus on companies that run equipment requiring high volumes of energy consumption.

In order to achieve the certification, companies must implement a detailed energy-efficiency policy, along with a plan of action, targets, detailed results, and plans for continual progression.

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