Chrysler greens its Brampton plant to save money and the planet


WINDSOR, ONT. - Chrysler said the BAP’s achievements range from lighting control projects developed and implemented by plant electricians saving an estimated $110,000 a year in electricity costs to investment in an automated heating and ventilation management system and scheduler that saved an estimated savings of almost $2 million in annual electricity and natural gas costs.

The projects also reduced excess negative exhaust by 1,200,000 cubic feet per minute, the automaker said.

BAP was the pilot plant for ISO 50001 certification among Chrysler Group’s North American plants.

The automaker expects the remaining plants to be certified by the end of 2014.

Plant manager Dan Omahen said “this experience has proven that when employees rally together and work alongside management and agency partners, sustainable solutions can be identified that help us improve energy optimization and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Introduced in 2011, ISO 50001 includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems, which are an important element of energy performance and greenhouse gas reduction.

The BAP also partnered with Enbridge Gas and the Federal Ministry of Natural Resources for many of these initiatives. 

The Chrysler Group said it adopted world class manufacturing (WCM) as its operating system in 2009 as part of its alliance with Fiat.

The automakers said WCM focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way, encouraging employees to come up with and put into action ways to improve their jobs and their plants.

“WCM has become the driving force behind the improvements in all of Chrysler Group’s manufacturing plants with four facilities achieving bronze status, a significant milestone in the WCM process, in 2012.”