Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

 

Montgomery Ala., July 2, 2012 — Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, (HMMA) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said President Young Deuk Lim, president and chief executive officer. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights HMMA’s status within the top 25 percent of auto manufacturing plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. HMMA improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plant.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

 To earn the ENERGY STAR, HMMA took the following actions:

  • Established a fifteen-member Energy Task Force to brainstorm ideas for energy conservation projects.
  • Maximized savings and improved working conditions by installing energy-efficient lighting technology.
  • Regulated chilled water for the plant operations with newly-installed variable frequency electric motors. This project effectively maintained team member comfort and reduced HMMA’s carbon footprint.
  • Implemented an energy metering system to measure all utilities including electricity, gas and water for all departments. Daily energy usage reports are generated and emailed to each department.
  • HMMA’s multi-media information sharing system provided employees with statistics and tips to raise awareness about initiatives to protect the environment and save energy
  • Collaborated with local utility companies to implement ideas for reducing peak demand and greenhouse gases.

Key 2011 accomplishments include:

  • Reduced energy intensity by 4.4 million KGOE (kilograms of oil equivalent) in the year 2011.
  • Achieved a 9% to 10% reduction in energy use for the last two years.

HMMA’s executive management has made the commitment to support the Energy Task Force in its efforts to reduce costs and protect the environment. We look forward to partnering with Energy Star to further improve HMMA’s energy strategy for the future.

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ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, headquartered inMontgomery,Ala., is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based inSeoul,Korea. HMMA currently produces the 2013 Sonata and Elantra sedans. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout theUnited States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 900 Hyundai dealerships acrossNorth America.

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