Dow Corning GmbH Obtains ISO 50001 Energy Management Certificate
Dow Corning’s site in Wiesbaden recently received the ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) standard, demonstrating completion of an energy use baseline and commitment to continuously improving its energy efficiency. This globally accepted framework allows Dow Corning, amongst others, to further improve energy performance, reduce operation costs, gain additional market competitiveness and, most importantly, protect the planet by reducing its carbon footprint.
Dow Corning had to develop a number of policies, procedures and protocols in relation to energy management to comply with ISO 50001 EnMS’s requirements and achieve certification to ISO 50001. These included energy KPIs, objectives, targets and action plans, communication and training processes, energy performance monitoring, energy operational control and emergency procedures.
This new certificate, obtained for the first time by a site within Dow Corning, adds to the list of ISO standards which Dow Corning GmbH retained after an extensive audit by BSI. These include ISO 14001 (Environmental Management, certified since 1997), ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems, certified since 1991) and ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive Quality Management, certified since 1998).
“Obtaining the ISO 50001 certification in addition to maintaining all our current certifications is a great achievement,” said Karl Koob, manager of Dow Corning’s site in Wiesbaden. “It is an international recognition of our commitment to integrate energy management in our overall operations. Our sustainability efforts in terms of material supply, energy reduction and waste control already align with the goals of many of our customers, but I believe ISO 50001 will become a supply chain requirement for all customers in the future. Gaining this certification now puts us one step ahead,” added Karl.
Environmental performance is a key component of Dow Corning’s core value of sustainability. To deliver on this value, the corporation has developed an integrated Operational Excellence Management System. The system is built around the principles of Responsible Care®, the chemical industry’s voluntary global initiative for continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHSS) performance. To measure and communicate performance of our operations, Dow Corning established specific goals. In the energy field, the corporation’s goal is to achieve a 45 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2021 versus a baseline of the average of 1998-2001.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s DOW CORNING™ and XIAMETER™ brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.
About ISO International Standards
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