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Continuously improving sustainability - Lean & Six Sigma team up for environmental sustainability

Continuously improving sustainability - Lean & Six Sigma team up for environmental sustainability

Rockwell Collins, an aerospace company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, decided to use the EPA Lean and the Environment toolkits, their existing Lean and Six Sigma program, and leverage their employee expertise in order to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

After analyzing the electricity usage at the largest manufacturing facility using the Six Sigma DMAIC project framework, an air handler setup program was piloted and implemented. It took almost one year to complete the rollout, but the results yielded more than $300,000 in electricity savings, with an implementation cost of approximately $50,000 for labor and materials.

Rockwell Collins is now on track to achieve its goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent. In fact, the company expects its reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to exceed 18 percent by the end of this year.

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