US Dept. of Energy gives Cooper Tire ‘gold’ in Texarkana

Cooper Tire & Rubber says its tyre factory in Texarkana, Arkansas has been certified as a gold level ‘Superior Energy Performance’ (SEP) facility by the US Department of Energy. The plant was recognised for implementing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001, which provides a framework of requirements for organisations to develop policies for more efficient energy use, set targets to meet the policies, use data to drive decisions about energy use and measure results. In addition to meeting ISO 50001, Cooper Texarkana earned gold distinction by meeting the SEP programme’s additional standards through a more than ten per cent improvement in energy performance over three years.

“We congratulate Cooper Tire on using SEP to demonstrate energy management excellence and sustained energy performance improvement,” said Mark Johnson, director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. “SEP certification requires facilities to meet the ISO 50001 energy management standard and to measure and verify the energy performance improvement. SEP certification speaks highly of Cooper’s dedication and hard work. It is also a clear signal that Cooper is an industry leader in energy management.”

“As part of our overall sustainability efforts, Cooper is committed to reducing energy usage at all of our facilities worldwide,” added Tom Wood, Cooper’s director of Global Environmental Affairs. “We are proud that our Texarkana plant has earned SEP Gold certification, a significant accomplishment that requires innovative thinking, targeted goal setting, effective execution and continued measurement of performance with a strong commitment to continuous improvement.”

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