EPA Names Eastman as Energy Star PartnerMarch 6th, 2013 | Category: Industry News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Eastman Chemical Company as a 2013 Energy Star® Partner of the Year for “strategically managing and improving energy efficiency during 2012” according to a company statement.
Eastman claims it is the only chemical company to have the distinction of being named Energy Star Partner of the Year more than once.
“Recognition as Energy Star Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year is truly an honor,” says Jim Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Eastman. “Energy efficiency is one of the global macro trends challenging the world and Eastman is addressing this challenge through sustainable solutions that include our own emissions reductions and energy efficiency efforts, as well as the development of products that enable consumers to reduce emissions. We are proud of Eastman’s partnership with Energy Star and our energy management achievements.”
“Being named a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year is confirmation of Eastman’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and energy savings,” says Jeremy Verstraete, global brand and segment manager, architectural. “It is rewarding to see our efforts recognized by prestigious third parties.”
The Energy Star program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped Eastman achieve reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Eastman notes that its accomplishments include:
- Improvement in energy intensity by 2.5 percent in 2012 and 7 percent since 2008.
- Energy savings in 2012 equal to $8 million and 340 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions (equal to emissions from 28,000 cars).
- Receipt of American Chemistry Council (ACC) energy-efficiency awards for seven projects saving over 483,000 MM BTUs and 40,000 tons of greenhouse emissions annually.
- ACC recognition of Eastman’s Energy Program with an Exceptional Merit Award.
- Identification of more than $7 million in savings opportunities since 2010 using an energy assessment process.
- Creation of a corporate-wide best practices program focused on steam leak repair, which along with an investment of over $2 million for repairs, resulted in an excellent average payback period of six months.
- Placement in the top five of the business sector for the Energy Star pledge driver campaign ending on Earth Day 2012 with pledges totaling more than 16 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions savings.
- Expansion of the corporate energy team from 10 to 16 manufacturing sites as a result of acquiring Solutia Inc.
- Increased employee and public awareness of Energy Star and the importance of energy efficiency through a company energy fair, participation in EPA’s Battle of the Buildings, and involvement of the corporate headquarters’ city mayor in declaring Energy Star day, and other outreach efforts.
“Superior energy management is our most cost-effective climate strategy and Eastman continues to exemplify leadership in this category,” says Bob Perciasepe, Acting EPA Administrator.
“Energy efficiency is a global macro trend that Eastman is addressing through the development of products that enable consumers to reduce emissions, as well as through our own emissions reductions and improved efficiency efforts,” says Verstraete.
“Window film has been shown time and time again to be an effective green product – saving energy and reducing emission of greenhouse gases, in both homes and businesses,” says Verstraete.
“This announcement exemplifies one major film manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency and to be a good global steward for the environment,” he adds.
EPA’s annual Energy Star Awards honor organizations it deems as having made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from nearly 20,000 partners participating in the Energy Star program and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2013.