Mexican GM Factory Earns ISO 50001

March 19, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

GM Energy ManageGeneral Motors’ San Luis Potosi Complex in Mexico is the first GM plant in North America to receive ISO 50001 certification. GM now has seven such certifications throughout its global facilities.

To meet the certification’s standards, San Luis Potosi organized and documented the process of development, implementation and execution of best practices under an energy management system.

The plant began its history with ISO by earning ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. ISO 9001 provides management tools to improve working practices throughout the facility. ISO 14001 is an environmental management system focused on keeping those working practices at a high level while advancing environmental performance, cutting waste, and reducing costs.

General Motors has a company-wide goal of reducing energy intensity from its manufacturing facilities 20 percent by 2020. The facility joins the following ISO 50001 certified GM sites:

  • Aspern, Austria
  • Eisenach, Germany
  • Gliwice, Poland
  • Rayong, Thailand
  • Zaragoza, Spain
  • Rosario, Argentina

The assembly and transmission facilities at the San Luis Potosi complex also earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry for the last three years. They collectively reduced their energy intensity by 58 percent.

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