While millions of people around the world recognised the fourth annual Earth Hour last week by customarily turning off lights and appliances in their homes and businesses for 1 hour, Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) switched off lighting on its preheater tower indefinitely. The preheater tower now has just two prominent red lights to alert small aircrafts flying in the area.
Reducing energy consumption
Lowering the illumination footprint is part of Titan America’s (RCC’s parent company) aggressive goals to reduce energy consumption and coincides with its partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy’s Energy Star® Program initiative. For more than a decade, the EPA has worked with businesses and organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices.
Reach for the Star
To qualify for the Energy Star®, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25% based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. Titan America has been recognised with Energy Star® Awards every year since 2007 - consistently ranked as one of the top performing plants in the country - and will continue to implement their plan to reduce energy intensity across all operations using strategies provided by the programme. Because the company has set a gold standard for cement manufacturers, the EPA has requested RCC to educate other facilities through the use of training sessions and energy audits.
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