ISO 50001 is an energy management system for continuous improvement in energy efficiency, and in consequence energy costs and environmental impacts. Nancy is the first UPM Raflatac site to achieve this certification. Since the ISO 50001 project began two years ago, energy efficiency compared to each preceding year at Nancy has improved by seven percent in 2013 and eight percent in 2014. In the longer term, continuous improvement is expected to yield an energy consumption reduction of 10-15 percent.
The energy management system also aligns with the UPM’s long-term environmental targets and the Clean Run program, where UPM Raflatac aims to reduce product carbon footprint by 15 percent, through selection of raw materials, energy efficiency and logistics, by 2020.
The UPM Raflatac factory in Nancy already has ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 14001 environmental management and OHSAS18001 health and safety management certifications.
Jean-Michel Foy, the general manager of the factory, said: ‘Energy management is a significant lever to maintain our operations cost as they are today and to balance other natural inflation. Like safety, energy saving is becoming integral to our way of thinking at Nancy. ISO 50001 helps us for the future, and justly raises perceptions of UPM Raflatac on many levels.’
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