Environment – On-site during an Energy Conservation Expert Inspection
- Goals and Merits of the Energy Conservation Expert Inspection
- On-site during an Energy Conservation Expert Inspection
- Experts Discuss Ways to Conserve Energy
- Close-up: The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Systems Works
More Than 100 Areas for Improvement at a Single Factory
This section takes a closer look at an inspection conducted at Mitsubishi Electric's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Systems Works (Wakayama) in March 2010.
On Energy Conservation Expert Inspection
Although this factory has been engaged in thorough energy conservation initiatives for several years, we are very appreciative that the inspection identified 177 areas for improvement. I was present during the inspection, and realized that I had become lax in my view of what was considered normal at our factory. The experts were very good at pointing out how insufficiently prepared we were to respond to fluctuations in production, and how disparate and unorganized our efforts really were.
This inspection was different from environmental audits in that it also told what we are doing right. They acknowledged our efforts and ideas and responded with advice on how to further improve both. This provided much more incentive than simply being told what to do.
Going forward, we will complete a detailed investigation of every action item on the inspection list, creating keywords and prioritizing actions to realize improvements. We will determine new standards for the entire factory and promote further reductions in CO2 and energy usage.