Atlas Copco’s Henrob Corporation, a global auto supplier based in New Hudson, has a long history of championing sustainability. It was the first business customer to join DTE’s MIGreenPower program when it launched in April 2017. In May of this year, Henrob renewed its commitment to renewable energy by subscribing to DTE’s new voluntary renewable program designed for large commercial and industrial customers.
“Being environmentally responsible is a critical component of who we are as a company,” said Chris Browning, the company’s senior buyer.
While all DTE customers currently receive more than 12% of their energy from renewable resources including wind and solar, those who join MIGreenPower can attribute a greater percentage of their energy use to local renewable energy, which helps them reduce their carbon footprint.
“Our participation in MIGreenPower and the resulting Green e-certification demonstrates to our customers that we’re committed to sustainable productivity and being a good corporate citizen,” said Theresa Buffa, the company’s communication manager.
With sustainability as a goal, Henrob recycles post-industrial materials including oil, scrap metal, drums, paper, batteries, plastic and more. The company also works to make its products more green. The company is a pioneer in self-piercing rivets, which allows for a broader use of aluminum in automotive body panel manufacturing. Since aluminum is lighter than steel, the vehicles can have better fuel efficiency. Several manufacturers, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford, are using Atlas Copco Henrob’s rivets.
The manufacturer says its focus on being green gives it a leg up in the marketplace.
“This sustainable energy initiative is a benefit and differentiator for us and provides a competitive advantage,” said Global General Manager Mark Ayres. “It demonstrates environmental responsibility.”
The company’s sustainability journey also includes a focus on energy efficiency. Henrob has already converted a significant amount of its lighting to LED and has installed energy-saving lighting controls. These initiatives reduced the manufacturer’s energy use by more than 438,000 kWh annually – enough energy to power more than 57 average Michigan homes annually.
“Henrob has been a strong partner of DTE’s for many years now,” said Brian Calka, director of Renewable Solutions, DTE Energy. “We appreciate Henrob’s efforts and look forward to helping the company deliver on their sustainability goals in the future.”
Customers who join MIGreenPower are creating demand for and accelerating the development of additional renewable energy assets in Michigan. MIGreenPower is integral to DTE’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2040.
Joining MIGreenPower makes sustainability easy for residential customers as well as large companies such as Henrob. To learn more or sign up, go to migreenpower.com.
It provides a cost-effective way to be environmentally responsible. It can also help large industrial customers green their supply chain and achieve corporate sustainability targets.
DTE invites other businesses to enroll in MIGreenPower and join Atlas Copco Henrob in supporting renewable energy production in Michigan. Together, DTE and local businesses can power Michigan’s clean energy transformation and clean energy economy.