AbbVie’s North Chicago Facility Receives DOE 50001 Ready In-Plant Training to Assist in Adoption of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard

By Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on Nov 03, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ISO 50001 experts, Bill Meffert, Randy Green, and Jason Clarke delivered a 50001 Ready In-Plant Training at AbbVie’s North Chicago, Illinois, facility on September 12 and 13. The training was also attended by Better Plants program representative Bruce Lung and ORNL’s Sachin Nimbalkar. In-Plant Trainings (INPLT) are 3- to 4-day workshops that train participants on how to identify, implement, and replicate energy-saving projects. Technical expertise gained through the INPLTs help Better Plants partners overcome common, critical barriers to adopting energy management practices and technologies, such as lack of technical expertise and insufficient senior management buy-in for implementing energy-saving projects. The purpose of this training was to teach the basics of implementing an energy management system based on the structure of ISO 50001, utilize the DOE 50001 Ready Navigator tool and several other free software tools - EnPI Lite, and Energy Footprint - with real data and a case study to enhance the learning, and prepare AbbVie’s energy team to start implementing ISO 50001 and save energy and money.

The 50001 Navigator is an online platform that provides a user-friendly, approach to developing an energy management system based on the structure of ISO 50001 and is a major focus of the training. The 50001 Ready program recognizes facilities and organizations that practice ISO 50001-based energy management. The program does not require any external audits or certifications, and is a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and sustained savings.

AbbVie’s North Chicago facility consumes a significant amount of energy to manufacture many of their active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) through fermentation processes and offers pilot-to-full-scale commercial production capabilities. The facility is planning to implement the ISO 50001 Standard by the end of 2018. The ISO 50001 Standard integrates energy management into existing business processes, enabling organizations to better manage their energy consumption, sustain achieved savings, and continuously improve energy performance. Potential energy savings and energy cost savings at AbbVie’s North Chicago plant are significant, and the ISO 50001 standard will help facilitate the facility's approach to energy efficiency while enhancing sustainability.

AbbVie joined the DOE Better Plants program in March 2015 and set an overall company goal of reducing energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years across their U.S. facilities. DOE’s 50001 Ready In-Plant Training is offered to U.S. manufacturing companies that are partners in the Better Plants program, a voluntary partnership initiative to drive significant energy efficiency improvements in U.S. industrial companies and organizations.