TENNECO in Nelson Mandela Bay has become the first automotive supplier in South Africa to achieve an international certification for its energy management systems.
The ISO 50001 certification was achieved for the implementation of the energy management systems at Tenneco Ride Performance, which manufactures original equipment and aftermarket shock absorbers, and Tenneco Clean Air, which manufactures catalytic converters and exhaust assemblies.
Tenneco’s energy representative for the plants, Justin Botha, said the international certification cemented Tenneco South Africa’s drive towards energy efficiency and green practices.
“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to global leadership and innovation in the environment. It will encourage other Tenneco facilities and suppliers alike to undertake similar initiatives in order to sustain and develop the efficiency of the industry,” Botha said.
Tenneco achieved the certification for the development of a world-class energy management system with the assistance of the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDCEC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC). Tenneco joined the programme with the aim of reducing its energy bill in the face of rising power prices.
AIDCEC supplier development manager Lance Schultz said the AIDC was proud of the results of the programme, which demonstrated what many individual organisations could do to reduce costs and relieve the grid.
The programme started in mid-2011 and both Tenneco manufacturing plants in Nelson Mandela Bay were included in the agreement.
The NCPC provided training to various organisations over an 18-month period to assist with the implementation of an energy management system.
This training allowed Tenneco to adapt the content for ISO 50001 standards prior to achieving certification.
Energy audits were conducted to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
AIDCEC programme manager Kushen Naidoo said that from the first lighting project, Tenneco saw the immediate benefit of saving energy and had continued the journey for energy efficiency within its plants. – Business Reporter