Kenworth plant selected for DOE energy management program
Kirkland, Wash.-based Kenworth Truck Co.’s manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., has been selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) project to develop an international energy management standard for manufacturing plants. Kenworth is one of five companies in the Pacific Northwest selected for the project.
Kenworth’s selection was based on its environmental accomplishments, which include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award and 2009 Green Washington manufacturing award from Seattle Business magazine, according to the company. “Kenworth is honored to be selected to participate in this prestigious Northwest Energy Management Demonstration Project,” said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “Kenworth’s Renton plant is committed to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources through effective management of energy used to support the manufacturing process.”
Companies participating in the project will be among the first in the United States that may become certified under the pending American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited plant certification, which includes conforming to ANSI’s Management System for Energy standard. This standard will serve as U.S. input for an international energy management standard known as ISO 50001, which is expected to be released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2011.
More information about the project is available at www.NWEMDemo.org.