Full List of 2004 Awardees (1.14MB)
General Motors Corporation
General Motors Corporation (GM), the largest producer of automobiles in the United States, maintains an energy management program that consistently achieves impressive results. From 1995 through 2003, GM reduced its total energy use by more than 21 percent, as it aimed to meet an internal reduction goal of 25 percent by 2005. In 2003 alone, total energy savings amounted to a 6 percent reduction from 2002, despite an increase in heating requirements. GM assisted EPA in the development of a new sector-wide energy management tool — an energy performance indicator for auto plant efficiency — and has put it to work by benchmarking all of its auto assembly plants in North America in 2003. GM’s savings are equivalent to the profit margin from the sale of 100,000 vehicles or planting 241,600 acres of trees, which is nearly three times the area of the city of Detroit. GM won its first ENERGY STAR award in 2002.
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, New York
Eastman Kodak Company is a leader in the creation and use of images in the photography, health, and commercial markets. An ENERGY STAR award winner for the second consecutive year, the company continues to demonstrate the value of superior energy performance by achieving energy savings amounting to $2 million in 2003. Kodak’s achievements are the product of its continuing commitment to strategically manage energy use and protect the environment. Kodak’s Energy Focus teams held more than 16 three-to-five day events, concentrating on specific opportunities to increase energy efficiency in a designated manufacturing process. In 2003, Kodak highlighted its partnership with ENERGY STAR by promoting energy efficiency within its community, to other industrial companies, and to the general public.
St. Paul, Minnesota
3M is a multinational, diversified technology company with leading positions in a variety of manufacturing businesses. 3M’s commitment to the strategic management of energy use throughout its operations worldwide is evident from several key management steps. They include the regular involvement of the Chief Executive Officer in reviewing energy program performance, organization of the energy program under a central director, establishing energy teams throughout the varied businesses and plants, extensive tracking of energy use worldwide, and strong goals and policies. For the period 2000 through 2005, 3M challenged itself to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy use per unit of product, globally. The company exceeded this goal by 7 percent, two years ahead of schedule. 3M’s savings in 2003 were $13 million, equivalent to powering about 14,000 homes for a year.