With the help of the Carbon Trust, Michelin has achieved significant energy and carbon savings by investing in energy efficiency improvements across a range of technologies at its Dundee site.
Michelin's corporate environmental commitments require a 20% reduction in production related energy use between 2008 and 2016. Following the installation of two large wind turbines at the site, managers and engineers at Michelin in Dundee called on the Carbon Trust to provide specialist support in identifying and implementing actions that would improve the site's energy efficiency.
In 2010 the Carbon Trust concluded a detailed assessment of energy use in a number of key areas at Michelin in Dundee, providing the company with recommendations for actions that would make considerable savings in energy use and operating costs - as well as reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. Reducing energy consumption helps to maintain the site's competitiveness and lowers its sensitivity to future increases in energy prices.
The savings have been achieved through improvements in several areas including the steam and compressed air systems as well as to the large water pumping systems. Whilst the level of investment was considerable, the payback period offered by the improvements was attractive.
The Carbon Trust has helped Michelin in Dundee to put in place a number of measures which have realised significant savings in energy costs. These measures include:
Michelin at Dundee continues to engage in energy efficiency projects in pursuit of the group's corporate commitments and is currently investing in a programme to upgrade thermal insulation on pipework components around the site.