August 28, 2019
Cooper Tire completes energy reduction projects
Cooper Tire & Rubber has completed major energy reduction initiatives that save the company 302 million KWH of electricity, equal to the GHG emissions needed to produce 3.16 million tires.
The initiatives were reported as part of the company's seventh annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Report, entitled, "Responsibility the Cooper Way."
A number of Cooper’s manufacturing plants reported substantive emissions reductions, including these sites:
· Findley, Ohio – Commissioned a combined heat and power (CHP) system in 2018 that is producing about half of the plant’s annual electrical power needs while also generating the entire steam load. The system reduces the greenhouse gas emissions from purchased energy by 25% and since implementation, it has consistently generated 60% of the electrical load the plant requires for tire manufacturing.
· Texarkana, Ark. – This plant updated the lighting in the production area to energy-efficient LED technology last year, installed curing press piping insulation on its curing presses, and installed a new process water chiller that reduced electricity consumption.
· Tupelo, Miss. – The lighting was upgraded to LED fixtures both inside and outside of the plant, curbing the use of natural gas through the insulation of several press lines with a new product that significantly reduces heat loss. The plant has also reduced compressed air energy use through the installation of new drying technology for its compressed air system and established a compressed air leak identification and repair program.
“Cooper considers corporate social responsibility and sustainability to be an important part of doing business. Publishing this yearly report allows us to detail our progress with initiatives that reduce environmental impact, improve employee health and safety, and support communities,” said Brad Hughes, Cooper’s president & CEO. “We are committed to these efforts and reporting our progress to key stakeholders.”