In 2006, Goodyear continued efforts to reduce energy consumption in all regions
and allocate energy-related capital funds. Energy-related key performance
indicators are included with monthly management operations reviews.
D.O.E. Energy Review
As part of an effort to improve energy efficiency in its U.S. manufacturing
locations, Goodyear applied for U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) assistance.
The manufacturing facility in Union City, Tennessee, was selected for review.
After developing a model of the plant’s steam system, energy specialists
identified more than $1 million in improvements in the areas of boiler
operations, heat recovery and insulation. Research is ongoing with a
renewable energy provider to produce steam using plant waste materials in
place of fossil fuels. In the process, the plant expects to reduce air emissions
further as it incorporates this program into its effort to eliminate disposal of
wastes in landfills.
The Goodyear plant in Aurangabad, India received a first place award for
excellence in energy conservation and management by the Maharashtra
State Government. Aurangabad’s achievement follows on the heels of a
national award for energy efficiency that was earned by the Goodyear
plant in Ballabgarh, India.
Manufacturing efficiency at Goodyear facilities continued
an improving trend, achieving the second best performance
in the company’s history. As measured by energy use (BTU)
per pound of product, an overall 12 percent improvement
has been made.
Goodyear plants use water primarily for cooling materials and equipment. Other uses include steam generation, cleaning and sanitary service. Some
ways that operations conserve water include
capturing and returning process water and steam
condensate, using water recycling methods
and equipment such as cooling towers. Where
it is appropriate, plants cool with air instead of
water. Total water use per pound of production increased in 2006.