Detroit, Michigan. American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) last month announced that AAM’s World Headquarters located in Detroit, Michigan has earned ISO 50001 certification. This is AAM’s first facility to receive this certification.
ISO 50001 is the top international standard certification program for driving continuous improvements in energy efficiency through energy management systems. Earning the ISO 50001 certification provides proof that AAM has implemented sustainable energy management systems, completed a baseline of its energy use, and committed to continual improvement in energy performance. Currently, only 34 companies in the United States are certified and only 15 of those are in the automotive industry.
This achievement marks another milestone on AAM’s path toward excellence in energy efficiency. AAM’s World Headquarters earned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star certification in 2009, marking the company’s first step toward energy efficiency. As of December 2013, the facility’s monthly Energy Performance Rating (EPR) was 85, which indicates its placement within the top 15 percent of similar energy efficient buildings in the country. Additionally, prior to earning ISO 50001 certification, AAM’s World Headquarters obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council in 2013. Since 2008, the facility has reduced its energy consumption by over 26 percent, resulting in annual savings of over $125 thousand in energy cost.
“Earning ISO 50001 certification in addition to the previous LEED and Energy Star accomplishments is an honor and demonstrates AAM’s commitment to the environment, lean concepts and improving efficiency in energy,” said AAM Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer David C. Dauch. “AAM’s World Headquarters’ certification will serve as a model for our other locations to follow as we are committed to social and environmental responsibility in all communities in which we are located.”
AAM (NYSE: AXL) is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover vehicles and commercial vehicles. In addition to locations in the United States (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand.