The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognised CalPortland Company’s efforts in energy efficiency with a 2014 ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR - Sustained Excellence Award. Key achievements in 2013 include:
- Reducing energy intensity by nearly 2% compared to 2012, resulting in savings amounting to 0.13 trillion Btu. This equates to a reduction of 12 586 t of CO2. Since 2005, cumulative reductions in energy intensity of nearly 14% have saved over US$52 million.
- Launching the President's US$1 Million Dollar Energy Savings Challenge company-wide. The initiative solicits energy savings ideas from employees and rewards the best energy ideas and implementation of projects at plants.
- Conducting an in depth study of natural gas fuel use in on/off road vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; a pilot project is planned for an asphalt plant.
- Completing a large gas conditioning tower project at the Mojave Cement Plant reducing energy consumption by 15.7 million kWh per year and producing an annual savings of US$1.25 million.
- Aggressively promoting ENERGY STAR and energy management to the cement, ready mixed concrete, and aggregates industries from direct company mentoring to executive participation in industry association events.
- Launching a major purchasing campaign to work with vendors to improve storeroom inventories with emphasis on energy-efficient spare parts.
- Engaging 17 sites in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, including asphalt, aggregate, terminals and ready mix concrete.
The company’s President/CEO, Allen Hamblen, said the company is honoured to receive the award for the tenth consecutive year “We are committed to our partnership with ENERGY STAR, and dedicated to improving energy efficiency throughout our business, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”
“CalPortland® has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2014 PARTNER OF THE YEAR – Sustained Excellence Award – because of their unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.
Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved US$297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion t of greenhouse gas emissions.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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