AKRON—Aiman Abdrabou, Goodyear's Global Manager, Energy & Greenhouse Gas, has been named the 2014 International Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers.
The award recognizes an individual who, according to Goodyear, has excelled in promoting the practices and principles of energy engineering and management. Abdrabou will receive the award Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C., at the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress, which will feature a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton.
Abdrabou, who has held his current position with Goodyear since 2009, said he is “thrilled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Goodyear and the associates all over the world who work daily to improve our energy efficiency.
“This is in recognition of the team effort it takes to improve energy efficiency on a global scale.”
He leads a team of regional energy and GHG managers who have helped the Akron-based tire maker's efforts to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, according to Goodyear, the team developed a new company standard for energy conservation, founded a global energy system based on the elements of continuous improvement, and encouraged the continuing education of regional and plant energy leaders, with 30 associates recently becoming Certified Energy Managers.
The team also led an effort to link the energy meters from each of Goodyear's manufacturing plants around the world to one central system to allow for global monitoring, the company said.
Don Stanley, Goodyear's vice president, Product Quality and Plant Technology, said that through Abdrabou's leadership and the work of the company's global, regional and plant energy teams, Goodyear has been able to make solid progress in reducing its environmental impact.
“By the end of 2013, we had reduced both energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent from the baseline established in 2010, keeping us well on track to meet our goal of reducing energy usage and emissions 15 percent by 2015,” Stanley said.
The AEE is a nonprofit professional organization with 16,000 members in 90 countries. Its mission is to promote the scientific and educational interest of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development, Goodyear said.