Full List of 2006 Awardees (1.4 MB)
3M, a diversified technology company with a worldwide presence, continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership in improving energy performance. 3M’s dedication to company wide involvement in energy management yielded a 9-percent improvement in the energy efficiency of its facilities worldwide from 2004 levels. Continuous improvement over the past 5 years has enabled 3M to reduce energy intensity by almost 34 percent and save more than $82 million, surpassing the company’s energy reductions targets. As an active ENERGY STAR Partner, 3M has promoted the benefits of energy efficiency and best management practices to employees, surrounding communities, and other U.S. manufacturing industries. 3M’s energy management system is well known among industrial companies and serves as a model.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.
The principle of continuous improvement is the foundation for environmental and energy management at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA). In 2005, TMMNA continued to follow its successful path by achieving an 8 percent reduction per vehicle in energy consumption. All of this was accomplished within a business environment where new manufacturing capabilities were added and total vehicle production increased. In addition to a corporate-wide energy management system, Toyota Motor Manufacturing completed a study of new generation lighting in its plants, transferred its facility assessment process to the plant level, and established an energy benchmarking procedure for its North American auto assembly plants using EPA’s energy performance indicator. All TMMNA assembly plants scored well, indicating their energy efficient operation.
California Portland Cement Company
Working with ENERGY STAR, California Portland Cement Company (CPC) began developing its energy management program in 2003. In that brief period, the company established a comprehensive management system to ensure energy is tracked across the corporation, plants area assessed and upgraded with energy efficiency as an important consideration, and plant employees become knowledgeable and informed about energy management. Cement manufacturing is an energy intensive process. In 2005, CPC invested in process improvements to kilns, grinding mills, and related equipment at its plants. The leadership at CPC makes it clear that energy and environmental performance go hand-in-hand and are good for business. In 2005, CPC’s chief executive officer (CEO), in his role as Chairman of the Portland Cement Association, wrote to other industry CEOs encouraging them to measure and improve the energy performance of their plants. Within the cement industry, California Portland Cement is a strong voice for change. Since 2003, CPC has achieved energy savings of 173 billion Btus.
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company’s leadership has made sustainability a strategic business priority. The Ford Energy Management Team is responsible for turning this goal into action by improving the energy efficiency of all North American operations. An extensive network of onsite energy coordinators, goal setting, energy tracking, oversight by senior executives, and benchmarking facility energy performance are all part of the Ford energy management system. In 2005, the company benchmarked all of its North American auto assembly plants using EPA’s energy performance indicator. Ford exceeded its 5-year goal to improve the energy efficiency of its manufacturing operations by 18 percent. Energy savings for 2005 equated to 1.8 trillion Btus, prevented the emissions of approximately 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and translated into financial savings of more than $15 million.
Frito-Lay, a leading manufacturer of convenient foods operating more than 1220 facilities in the United States, has achieved significant company-wide improvements in energy efficiency. Through strong executive leadership and support, goal setting, and a network involving 300 associates, Frito-Lay reduced manufacturing energy intensity by 4 percent in 2005 and 21 percent since 1999. The 2005 energy improvements yielded savings equivalent to the sales of 12 million bags of lays potato chips. Frito-Lay has actively participated in ENERGY STAR initiatives, is a champion of strategic energy management, and openly shares its energy management expertise with other ENERGY STAR partners. Frito-Lay’s corporate-wide dedication to energy management has helped the company avoid an estimated $35 million in energy costs and prevent 1.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions since 1999.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc., a global, research-driven pharmaceutical company, is being recognized for the impressive results achieved through its strong commitment to corporate energy management. With executive-level involvement and aggressive goals, energy efficiency has become a corporate-wide priority, and Merck’s Global Energy Team is empowered to further integrate energy objectives into projects, practices, and even employee performance. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Merck has actively participated in partnership initiatives, used program tools, and leveraged communication resources. The company’s mission to manage energy in an efficient, cost-effective, reliable, innovative, and environmentally responsible manner enabled Merck to cute energy use by almost 9 percent and save an estimated $7.6 million in 2005, while continuing to move the company toward long-term, optimized use of fuels and electricity.