March 14, 2012 - DEKRA Certification, Inc. (DCI) conducted a dual-phase certification audit of the Energy Management System (EnMS) of Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va. Based on the audit results, DCI has issued a Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certificate, which includes ISO 50001 for energy management systems. Volvo Trucks achieved the platinum level of SEP certification by improving energy performance by more than 25 percent during the three-year period after establishing an energy baseline. The audit conducted by DEKRA, the only verification body accredited by ANSI for SEP certification, verifies that Volvo has implemented an energy management system, and that the normalized energy performance at the NRV plant improved over the baseline.
Lars Blomberg, vice president and general manager of the NRV assembly plant, said, “Reducing energy while improving efficiency has helped us remain very competitive during a time when some companies are moving their manufacturing operations to lower cost environments.”
DEKRA lead auditor Bob Auerbach stated, “The Certification program for ISO 50001 plus Superior Energy Performance is challenging as well as very new to all interested parties. Volvo was an excellent partner in this pilot effort that resulted in Volvo achieving their goal of certification , and DEKRA piloting the ANSI/ANAB accreditation process.
Superior Energy Performance is a certification program that provides industrial facilities and commercial buildings with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. To encourage broad participation by U.S. industry, Superior Energy Performance offers a tiered approach to demonstrating energy performance improvement.
A central element of Superior Energy Performance is implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management standard, with additional requirements to achieve and document energy performance improvements. The program provides a framework for fostering energy efficiency at the plant level and a methodology for measuring and validating energy efficiency/performance improvements.
About DEKRA Certification, Inc. (DCI):
DCI is a U.S. based accredited certification body for international management systems. The company is part of the global footprint of DEKRA Certification Group headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. DCI is a multi-accredited certification body covering all management system business line activities for North America, with a global service capacity. DEKRA offers services for ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), AS 9100c (aviation, space and defense), TL 9000 (telecommunications), SEP (Superior Energy Performance) and ISO 50001 (energy management) along with auditing services to many other management standards, including customized supplier assessments. DCI works with companies to utilize standards for greater productivity, reduced waste, larger profits, an enhanced customer experience and the growth of a continuous improvement culture. DEKRA’s experienced professionals have extensive knowledge of management system standards and a proven track record of success to help achieve the goals of any organization.
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organisations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. Over 25,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, temporary work as well as out- and new placement. In 2010 DEKRA generated sales totalling around 1.8 billion euros.
March 14, 2012
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