Mack Trucks is First U.S. Manufacturer to Achieve SEP Platinum Mature Energy Pathway Certification
GREENSBORO, NC (Nov. 6, 2013) – Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie, Pa. is the first U.S. manufacturing facility to receive platinum- level certification according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ MSE 50021:2012 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) in the Mature Energy Pathway category. This is the highest available certification in the U.S. and means that the plant demonstrated an energy performance improvement of 41.94 percent between 2002 and 2012, far exceeding the 15 percent required to be certified.
The Macungie facility also received international ISO 50001 certification, the only globally recognized verification process for energy efficiency standards in industrial facilities.
The SEP verification process is built on the ISO 50001 standard, but choosing the Mature Energy Pathway goes a step beyond. The process allows facilities that have a long track record of aggressive energy performance improvements, to get credit for those improvements during a 10-year period. SEP protocol was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing.
The ANSI/MSE 50021:2012 and ISO 50001 achievements indicate Mack’s sustained commitment to reduced energy consumption and long-term environmental stewardship.
“Mack is proud to be the first in the nation to earn the SEP platinum Mature Energy Pathway recognition during our ISO 50001 certification process,” said Roger Johnston, vice president and general manager of Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly. “The platinum-level achievement clearly demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship and is the result of our employees actively working to reduce our energy consumption for more than a decade.”
As part of the ISO 50001 certification, Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly employees received training in Energy Management Standards to better understand how to improve energy performance. In parallel with ongoing energy improvement initiatives, employees were encouraged to form teams and submit energy savings ideas; recognition was given for best idea and for most achievable idea.
Plant investments resulting in improved energy performance included lighting upgrades and controls, a building automation system, air compressor management, changes in heat recovery during the manufacturing process and HVAC system efficiency upgrades. The Macungie facility is also certified to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.
Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly also demonstrates energy leadership through its pledge to reduce its energy intensity by 25 percent during a 10-year period as part of the DOE Better Plants program. Macungie is also involved in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers program with a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are extremely proud of the certifications that our Mack Trucks assembly facility has achieved, and we want to congratulate the dedicated Mack employees who helped make this happen,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “Mack is known for superior fuel economy and alternative fuel technology leadership, and we feel it’s just as important that the facility where our trucks are assembled is leading manufacturing facilities across the U.S. in energy performance.”
With near-zero emissions, Mack trucks are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in accordance with 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations. Product innovations like the Super Econodyne powertrain package, the MP8 Econodyne + engine, and natural gas-powered refuse and highway vehicles provide industry leadership in reduced CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.
Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly achieved platinum certification according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ MSE 50021:2012 Superior Energy Performance along the Mature Energy Pathway.