Innovation is at the core of Waupaca’s sustainability initiatives. Since 2004, it has implemented several energy conservation programs including using foundry process waste heat for building and hot water heating, installing energy efficient lighting, and the widespread use of premium high efficiency motors. Waupaca Foundry maintains an Energy Management System and its Plant 1 gray iron foundry located in Waupaca, WI is ISO 50001 certified.
In 2009, Waupaca Foundry received the Wisconsin Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence at Plant 1 in Waupaca, Wisconsin. In this project, the industry-leading heat recovery system used waste heat from melting scrap iron for heating the facility through the Wisconsin winters. This project, along with other efforts, reduced energy use equivalent to removing approximately 3,200 passenger vehicles from U.S. highways.
And, as one of the first 32 charter companies in the U.S., Waupaca Foundry is voluntarily cutting energy use by 25 percent over the next decade through the Better Plants program, a new U.S. Department of Energy initiative designed to foster energy efficiency and long-term sustainability.
Warm Reception For Heat Recovery Project
Every year the Waupaca Foundry plants across the U.S. melt more than 2.2 million tons of scrap metal. As you can imagine, this intensive energy process gives off an abundance of heat.
Ensuring an Environmentally Brighter Future
In 2013, Waupaca Foundry launched an initiative to begin retrofitting its six locations with LED light fixtures. Replacing all lighting units in Waupaca Foundry’s total 2.2 million square feet of plant space could save upwards of 40 million kilowatt hours per year.
R - Review established energy management objectives and targets.
E - Ensure the availability of information and resources to achieve those objectives and targets.
D - Drive for continuous improvement in the efficient use of energy.
U - Use energy efficiency as a key component of the procurement of new equipment, energy services, major renovations, and new design.
C - Commit to energy management excellence through compliance with applicable legal and other requirements.
E - Educate employees on their energy management responsibilities.
ENERGY Newsletter: Waupaca Foundry
Waupaca Foundry is a leader in its industry, including its commitment to sustainable practices. Waupaca has many programs that aim to achieve and improve sustainably. Energy is at the top of that list because foundries are heavy users of energy.