New recognition for Bridgestone energy efficiency
On June 23rd 2015 the Bridgestone Burgos plant (Spain) achieved ISO 50001 certification for energy management. This standard recognizes the more efficient use of energy through the development of an energy management system (EnMS) based on continual improvement.
The Bridgestone Burgos plant has improved its energy efficiency by more than 20% in the last 10 years. This means that the same number of tyres is now produced using 20% less energy than in 2005. It is a significant contribution towards the Bridgestone Group global target of a 35% reduction in CO2 output by 2020 compared to 2005.
First in Europe
The Burgos plant is Bridgestone’s first manufacturing plant to achieve ISO 50001 certification in Europe. Bridgestone’s European Technical Center (TCE) near Rome, Italy, is also ISO 50001 certified.
The ISO 50001 standard is based on a “plan...do...check...act” approach for companies that operate significant energy-consuming equipment. It demands the development of a detailed policy for more efficient use of energy, targets and action plans to meet this policy, measurement of results, and the continual improvement of energy management.
Mr. Kepa Hernandez, Plant Manager of the Bridgestone Burgos plant comments: “We are 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.”
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.