Electrical energy in automobile assembly is a key component of the overall vehicle CO2 footprint. 90 % of the automotive plant’s electricity needs are met by coal and natural gas. Both internal and external pressures are propelling the automotive industry toward the “next normal” with energy-efficient infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing practices. To address these concerns, ongoing developments offer the potential for energy and thus greenhouse gas reduction. These developments drive the need for an Energy Management System to manage and document the journey to “carbon neutral” manufacturing. This discussion addresses the potential for energy reduction associated with a multitude of manufacturing technologies and processes. Areas include:
- New processing variants and equipment resulting in energy-efficient manufacturing.
- Enhanced use of artificial intelligence for energy-efficient processing
- Energy Management Systems and ISO 50001 Certification
- Design/process for recycling
The speaker will share current sustainability benchmarking activities with OEMs and Tier 1 which enable process improvements, providing a framework for sustainable manufacturing.