Energy Optimization in Tire Manufacturing
Through the integration of energy into its manufacturing system, Goodyear works to reduce energy through zero-loss thinking and equipment efficiency, led by our engineering teams. The energy loss assessment within our overall manufacturing zero-loss assessment reviews different categories of energy losses that can occur across a manufacturing facility’s footprint, such as steam use, utility costs, heating and cooling and electric use efficiency. Upon completion of the annual energy loss assessment, each plant identifies its greatest opportunity areas and sets its own goals.
We have identified more than 347 energy efficiency projects in our most recent five-year plan that leverage a zero-loss culture to prioritize opportunities, target cost reductions and increase efficiency. Our cost savings in recent years resulting from energy efficiency efforts has been $10M each year, on average.
Some of our recent strategic initiatives include increased sharing of best practices, the creation of a global energy project catalog, and identifying key initiatives for our regions and plants. In 2021, we focused efforts on increased utilization of renewable energy and the expansion of metering at the plants to enable more robust, real-time monitoring of energy performance in a centralized energy management system in accordance with our digital manufacturing strategy.
Kimm Jarden is the Global Energy Manager at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. She has been with Goodyear for eleven years, where her primary responsibilities include leading the Global Energy Program. In this role she provides strategic direction, guidance, leadership and coordination efforts to help drive down energy losses by establishing strategic/tactical initiatives to optimize utilities consumption across the global footprint. She is also responsible for leading the renewable energy program to ensure Goodyear can reduce emissions and meet its climate change ambitions. Prior to her current role, Kimm was a Lead Sustainability Specialist and was involved on behalf of Goodyear with the Tire Industry Project, playing a leading role in a diverse set of working groups addressing Key Performance Indicators, End-of-Life Tires, Tire and Road Wear Particles, and Tire Granulates. Kimm has a master’s degree in Geology from Kent State University, bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Geology from the University of Akron, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).