To mark World Environment Day, which took place on Saturday 5 June, Team Talk caught up with Simon Mansfield, Senior Environmental Plant Engineer at Halewood, about some of the incredible work being done on site, as Halewood looks to become the first zero emissions Jaguar Land Rover factory, by 2030.
Environment and positive societal impact are at the heart of Reimagine- Jaguar Land Rover’s new sustainability rich, global strategy- which was launched by Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Bolloré in January.
Jaguar Land Rover has committed to have zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations, with a complete decarbonisation of its manufacturing processes, as we switch to a clean fuel cell power hydrogen model, by 2039.
Simon said: “In line with all JLR sites, Halewood is driving towards a future of zero emissions- and we hope to achieve this by 2030.
“There are lots of great projects underway- both big and small- and one of the “bright ideas” the teams have been working on recently is to replace the remaining High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting and strip lighting on site with LED bulbs.
“After putting forward a request to the Jaguar Land Rover Energy Efficiency Fund, we have just received confirmation of a £1.26M grant to allow us to do this, which is incredible news for our factory.
“LED lights are 80% more energy efficient than conventional bulbs so have a much better environmental impact. We’ve already had £2.3M of LED lighting installed on site, but this grant will allow us to replace the existing incandescent bulbs in Trim & Final, Body in White and Materials, Planning and Logistics, which haven’t been converted yet.
What will that mean in terms of energy and cost savings? Simon said: “LED lighting replacement is a very simple idea, but it can make a real difference to Halewood’s direct and indirect emissions of Carbon Dioxide.
“A full LED lighting conversion will allow us to cut 4,000 tonnes from this figure- an impressive deduction for such a simple solution!”
“Installing the additional LED lights will also save Halewood £700,000 a year in electricity costs, so the project will effectively pay for itself in under two years.”
“We need to halt irreversible climate change, which is why, in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine strategy, we need to use our factory’s resources responsibly and challenge ourselves to create more environmentally efficient, quality processes, that will allow us to drive sustainable and profitable growth for our business.”
In the new era of Reimagine, sustainability is everyone’s day job and Simon has put together a list of points to remind our employees about how they can take greater control over lighting and process equipment in their departments, to further reduce Halewood’s environmental impact. These are:
•Do you know where your light and machinery switches are?
•Are you empowered to turn them off when production stops and when you shut down your area?
•Can you raise Kaizens with your maintenance teams to fit light switches and clear labels in your area? Will you ask your colleagues to also switch off?
•Can you ask your Maintenance Teams to automate switch offs in your area and embed the controls within the Process Controllers?
•Can you check for lights and equipment left on outside of Production and raise it, so something gets done about it?
“There are lots of great projects underway- both big and small- and one of the “bright ideas” the teams have been working on recently is to replace the remaining High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting and strip lighting on site with LED bulbs."