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CalPortland recognised for energy leadership

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US cement producer, CalPortland, has been awarded the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. It is the fourteenth consecutive year the company has received such recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency, a first within the US building materials industry.

“CalPortland is proud to receive its fourteenth consecutive ENERGY STAR Award,” said President and CEO, Allen Hamblen. “As an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1996, CalPortland remains committed to demonstrating and promoting energy efficiency within the construction and manufacturing industry.”

The company’s energy usage fell by 16% in 2017 compared to a 2003 baseline, resulting in cumulative savings of US$109 million. CalPortland has also sought to promote energy management within the US cement industry through Hamblen’s role as Chairman of the Portland Cement Association, as well as offering the company’s expertise to others in the industry.

Two of CalPortland’s cement plants have also received ENERGY STAR certification, indicating energy performance in the top 25% of US cement plants. This includes the Oro Grande plant in California, which was acquired from Martin Marietta in 2015. This plant “required extensive upgrades and energy improvements to qualify [for ENERGY STAR certification] in less than two years,” the company said.

The company’s investment in energy management has included new plant hardware, including a high-efficiency mill separator, new equipment to improve the efficiency of raw feed processing, and computational fluid dynamic software to better manage process air and material flows.

“Our corporate energy management team and employees, continue to lead by example and advocate for innovative solutions that provide energy efficiency and cost reduction, while reducing our company’s environmental impact,” Hamblen concluded. “CalPortland is committed to solving tomorrow’s challenges today, through the advancement of sustainable materials and renewable technologies.”

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