Merck is a global research-based pharmaceutical and health care company. Since merging with Schering-Plough in 2009, the company has successfully integrated energy programs to pursue its vision of becoming "the most energy-efficient company in the pharmaceutical industry." Merck is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued improvement and expansion of its energy management efforts. Key accomplishments include:
� Improving energy intensity by 2.7 percent over the previous year and by 31 percent between 2004 and 2009.
� Earning the ENERGY STAR for three manufacturing sites and two corporate headquarter buildings, including one with a major data center. The company also introduced in 2010 a global real estate program, MerckSpace, to increase energy productivity in its office space.
� Responding to the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry by achieving a 10 percent reduction goal for the first three pharmaceutical manufacturing sites in the United States.
� Securing more than 7.7 million kWh a year in energy savings by upgrading its Kenilworth site's gas turbine.
� Establishing an Energy Efficiency Capital Fund to further drive implementation of energy projects.
� Publishing the Merck Energy Handbook, "You Can Make a Difference," for employees that promotes ENERGY STAR at home and work.
� Supporting the ENERGY STAR program through public forums and mentoring ENERGY STAR partner companies.