THE 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored, in April in Washington D.C., 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award included Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celanese Corporation and Owens Corning. “This year’s Partner of the Year Award winners prove every day that saving money and protecting the environment go hand in hand,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
There are many award categories. Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine focuses it’s circulation strategy on the industrial companies participating with ENERGY STAR and follows the Partner of the Year award categories of “Sustained Excellence” and “Energy Management”. “Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners help families, individuals, and businesses become more energy efficient,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By offering energy-efficient products, services, and programs, this year’s awardees continue to provide Americans with lower utility bills, new jobs, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.” The following information comes from the ENERGY STAR website.
2016 Award Winners: Energy Star Partner of the Year – Energy Management Category
We highlight this partial list of industrial process/manufacturing companies recognized. Forty-seven organizations were awarded the Partner of the Year award for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. These organizations promote Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, while providing energy-efficient products and services to their customers.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company focused on discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. The company has built a robust energy management program by utilizing ENERGY STAR® energy management tools and actively participates in the ENERGY STAR partnership. Bristol-Myers Squibb is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for furthering its commitment to the environment and its energy management program over the past year. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving an absolute energy use reduction of 14 percent and greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 17 percent from a baseline year of 2009.
- Implementing 50 new major energy projects in 2015, bringing the total number of projects implemented since 2009 to 275. These projects generate an annual average savings of $14.5 million from an investment of $35.1 million.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for three buildings.
- Engaging over 200 employees, vendors and industry peers through Energy Treasure Hunts that identified plant-wide energy savings opportunities averaging 15 percent with total cost savings potential of over $7.5 million.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Industrial Partnership.
- Promoting energy efficiency and building capacity for better energy management among employees through numerous energy fairs, lighting fairs, and Earth Day observances.
- Building a culture of continuous improvement through employee engagement using ENERGY STAR resources as the keystone of the energy program.
Owens Corning develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Many of the company’s products and systems save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Owens Corning is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for its vigorous energy management program. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving an average reduction in energy intensity of more than 3 percent per year for the past five years.
- Completing 77 energy projects for a savings of $7.8 million in 2015.
- Expanding its use of clean power by implementing three renewable energy projects, including a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy and two wind power supply agreements for new installed capacity.
- Allotting and sustaining a dedicated capital funding pool specifically for energy projects.
- Building a strong company energy team with energy leaders at plants and several Certified Energy Managers (CEM) throughout the organization.
- Implementing a system for sharing best energy management practices across the company, ENERGY STAR Partner Share, to help develop new ideas and to learn from ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. The company is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for formulating a robust energy management program using ENERGY STAR resources. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by 7 percent since 2010 and 28 percent since 2005.
- Completing 200 energy projects to save more than $16 million in 2015, including the startup of a $160 million gas-fired steam boiler system to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and to improve energy efficiency.
- Investing in energy efficiency in core production by starting up a state-of-the-art methanol unit.
- Performing energy-saving Treasure Hunts in four facilities in the United States and Mexico to identify more than 500 energy-saving opportunities.
- Sharing its energy management expertise among the ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Communicating energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR throughout Celanese.
2016 Award Winners: Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence
We highlight this partial list of industrial process/manufacturing companies recognized for their achievements. Not listed below are Award Winners CalPortland and General Motors, who have already been highlighted in Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine. The 93 Sustained Excellence winners continue to demonstrate remarkable leadership each year in the Energy Star program while remaining committed to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.
Allergan, Inc. is a diversified global company engaged in research and production of brand-name and generic pharmaceutical products. In early 2015, Allergan merged with Actavis and greatly increased the size and operations of the company. Over the course of the year, the company strategically managed energy and greenhouse gas emissions throughout its operations and supply chain. Allergan is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for continuing the success of its energy management program through a major corporate merger. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than a 1-percent energy intensity reduction for U.S. operations while integrating the operations of two pharmaceutical companies.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification at two U.S. manufacturing plants.
- Continuing to work with supply chain partners to reduce their carbon footprint through better energy management practices.
- Participating actively in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
- Engaging employees through biannual energy fairs that use ENERGY STAR materials, and promoting energy efficiency in communities around the world through projects at community events.
Corning Incorporated is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that create new industries and transform people’s lives. Corning is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the growth of its energy management program and commitment to helping others learn valuable skills and strategies. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a six-percent improvement in corporate energy productivity in 2015, and a 32-percent improvement since 2007.
- Linking R&D opportunities with energy management-driven business objectives and developing more sustainable processes.
- Engaging new energy management team members in extensive and immersive energy management training internally and externally among the ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Supporting the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Glass Manufacturing by arranging for the group to meet annually with Syracuse University’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems to stimulate new ideas for program development.
- Engaging 36 plants in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, with eight named Achievers.
- Supporting the ENERGY STAR industrial partners’ annual meeting by sharing communications strategies within an energy management program.
Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a global consumer products company operating in over 200 countries and territories. Colgate understands the importance of energy management and the potential consequences of climate change and is committed to acting responsibly to protect its people and the environment. Colgate is receiving the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the company’s ongoing sustainability efforts in mitigating climate change through energy efficiency. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy efficiency by 2.8 percent compared to 2014 and more than 20 percent since 2005. Since 2009, Colgate has avoided over $295 million in energy costs while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than nine percent.
- Implementing a climate change strategy that influences the company’s carbon footprint through ambitious emissions goals, management of energy, and providing for low carbon products, energy, and supply chain. The company increased renewable energy purchases by 30 percent in the United States.
- Engaging employees through Energy Treasure Hunts to identify over 200 energy reduction ideas for an estimated 36,664 megawatt hours in energy savings.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at 13 facilities, 10 of which are repeat winners.
- Expanding the “Save Water” campaign in new markets to raise awareness of water conservation.
- Sharing best practices with other ENERGY STAR partner companies.
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. Eastman is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the richness of its energy management program and support of external organizations. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by nine percent since 2008, avoiding $30 million in energy costs in 2015.
- Focusing on the energy efficiency of a core manufacturing process, distillation, through work with two universities. As a result, development of a new energy-saving technology is moving forward, and process improvement engineers are being trained to optimize the operations of existing units.
- Securing the Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR designation for the new Eastman Corporate Business Center.
- Supporting a local school system in measuring and managing energy in its buildings using ENERGY STAR resources.
- Continuing to leverage the benefits of ENERGY STAR and improve energy efficiency by collaborating with other ENERGY STAR industrial partners and suppliers and engaging employees and communities.
HanesBrands is a socially responsible, leading marketer of everyday basic apparel under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, and Playtex, among others. Hanesbrands is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the company’s continued efforts in sustainability by leveraging successes in energy management, environmental management, and product development. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a three-percent energy intensity reduction compared to 2014 and a 25-percent reduction since 2007, contributing to a 23-percent reduction in carbon emission intensity. Over this period, Hanesbrands reduced water use intensity by 32 percent.
- Establishing an aggressive new “2020 Vision” to reduce energy and carbon emissions by 40 percent and water use by 50 percent from a 2007 baseline year. Hanesbrands participates in a program to responsibly produce cotton, including decreasing greenhouse gas emissions associated with its growth.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at five plants in 2015 to bring the company’s total number of achieving plants to 23.
- Pioneering the use of biomass combined heat and power plants to replace fossil fuel use at plants in developing countries.
- Implementing a multimedia communications strategy to inform people through 440 million media impressions about energy management and ENERGY STAR.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) is a global, research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company with a vision to be “the most energy-efficient company in the pharmaceutical industry and a leader among FORTUNE 500 companies.” Merck has a successful energy and sustainability program that reaches high levels of performance. Merck is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued leadership in energy management and strategic focus on helping others achieve world class status for energy management. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a two-percent reduction in energy intensity for U.S. facilities and a two-percent reduction globally from 2014. Since 2010, Merck has reduced energy intensity by 16 percent in the United States and 13 percent globally.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for one manufacturing plant and three office buildings in addition to helping a former plant earn certification under a new owner.
- Sharing best practices and mentoring ENERGY STAR partners.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
- Engaging employees through the creation of an online Energy Treasure Hunt tool that allows individuals to submit energy-saving ideas.
- Investing more than $12 million in energy efficiency projects through the Merck energy efficiency capital fund.
Nissan North America
Nissan North America, Inc. is the manufacturing and operations headquarters for Nissan in the United States and Mexico. The Nissan Green Program (NGP) guides Nissan’s global energy efficiency strategies and was implemented to support the company's environmental philosophy: Symbiosis of People, Vehicles, and Nature. Nissan is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued energy management performance, improvement, and promotion of energy efficiency. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a one-percent energy intensity reduction from 2014 while production volumes increased significantly. Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, Nissan has saved more than 5.34 trillion British thermal units, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to drive a Nissan LEAF™ more than 4.7 billion miles.
- Maintaining ENERGY STAR certification of its automobile assembly plants for 10 consecutive years while earning certification at six office buildings.
- Finishing in third place in overall contributions to the ENERGY STAR Pledge by securing commitments to reduce over 101 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Providing support to the first Motor Vehicle Supplier Energy Management Training Camp.
- Expanding support for ENERGY STAR certification of K-12 schools. Nissan assistance was critical to the certification of five schools in Tennessee and the recertification of 20 schools in Mississippi.
The Boeing Company
The Boeing Company is a manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. Boeing’s comprehensive energy management program remains focused on improving the environmental performance of its operations. The company is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued advancement in energy management. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by seven percent over the prior year while absolute energy use decreased by four percent. During this time, aircraft deliveries increased about 10 percent.
- Investing $7.8 million in direct energy conservation to reduce energy use by more than 42,000 million British thermal units annually. Projects include commissioning a new chiller plant for one of the world’s largest buildings, lighting improvements, securing renewable energy, and HVAC retro commissioning.
- Promoting energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR through special events including Earth Day celebrations.
- Encouraging self-managed Green Teams throughout Boeing operations. In 2015, Green Teams grew by 30 percent.
- Building a skilled energy management workforce by encouraging site energy engineers and professionals to achieve qualifications including Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers, among others.
- Supporting an annual meeting of its energy management experts to review the company’s energy management strategy.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. is manufacturing headquarters for 14 vehicle, engine, and parts plants across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Toyota is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued efforts and industry leadership in industrial energy management. Key 2015 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a five-percent reduction in energy intensity form 2014, during a period of increased production, contributing to over 6,600,000 million British thermal units in energy savings and $640 million in cost savings since 2002.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for four automobile assembly plants.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at three plants.
- Providing support for the first Motor Vehicle Supplier Energy Management Training Camp.
- Sharing best practices through the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Motor Vehicle Sector, the ENERGY STAR Industrial Partnership, and Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.
- Launching new communication efforts to highlight Toyota’s partnership with ENERGY STAR.
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