New River Valley is the largest Volvo Trucks manufacturing plant in the world, and has been certified by the ISO 50001 standard and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP).
ISO 50001 and SEP are, respectively, the top international standard and top U S certification program for driving continuous improvements in energy efficiency.
“SEP and ISO 50001 certifications are an honor and a direct reflection of the environmental commitment of our entire organization,” said Lars Blomberg, Volvo Trucks vice president and general manager of the NRV assembly plant. “These certifications required a high degree of cooperation – a total plant effort. Employees at all levels have been actively engaged throughout our entire energy reduction journey.”
NRV is certified to ISO 50001 in the U S under the pilot American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation, as the first U S manufacturer ever. It is also the first facility SEP-certified to use ISO 50001 under a new pilot ANSI-ANAB accreditation. NRV was SEP certified at a platinum level – the highest available – for improving energy performance by more than 15 percent during the three-year period after establishing an energy baseline.
These certifications will help the NRV plant further reduce its energy intensity to ultimately become carbon neutral. Established by the U S Department of Energy, the new SEP certification program provides a pathway for continuous energy efficiency improvements. The program is a transparent, nationally accepted system for verifying improvements in energy performance and management.
Achieving the ISO 50001 and SEP standards mark the latest milestones on NRV’s path to carbon neutrality.
The certifications come less than a year after NRV became the first of 32 major companies participating in DOE’s Better Buildings/Better Plants program, formerly the Save Energy Now LEADER Program, to fulfill its 10-year pledge to reduce the intensity of energy per unit by 25 percent. Volvo met the program’s target in one year instead of ten. While technologies like building automation systems, solar hot water heaters and infrared heaters helped drive NRV’s energy reductions, many of the energy-saving ideas have come from employees.
“Congratulations to all the NRV employees for their many contributions to help achieve these leading-edge energy certifications,” said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “The lean, energy-focused culture and total commitment to NRV’s carbon-neutral initiative is evident through the achievement of these two national certifications.”
“The tremendous energy reduction efforts at NRV have really resonated with our customers visiting the plant as well. They know their Volvo trucks are fuel efficient and they can see how that care for the environment is intertwined throughout the Volvo culture and manufacturing process,” Huibers said.
Every Volvo truck sold in North America is assembled in the U S at the NRV plant.
Since introducing Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines with SCR aftertreatment technology to meet current EPA emission standards, Volvo Trucks has continued to advance its fuel-efficiency, with near-zero regulated emissions. The Volvo VN, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Read more about Volvo Group energy efficient facilities around the world, in Volvo Group Sustainability Report 2010.