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Colgate-Palmolive Company

New York, New York

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a consumer products manufacturer serving people in more than 200 countries and territories. The company recognizes the importance of managing energy resources and protecting the earths climate and is committed to acting responsibly through sustainable operations. Colgate-Palmolive is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for its strong partnership with the program and efforts to continuously improve its energy strategy. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Improving energy efficiency by 3.4 percent compared to 2011 and by 6.7 percent since 2009, while avoiding $126 million in energy costs and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 5.4 percent. Energy savings in 2012 prevented carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to those that would result from providing electricity for 687 homes for one year.
  • Continuing to build on EPA's ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry as its own internal energy award program to recognize facilities worldwide for their energy reduction achievements, adding nine new sites that have achieved the Challenge.
  • Coordinating with ENERGY STAR Partner Merck to pilot test a new manufacturing plant energy assessment process in two plants.
  • Investing 2.7 percent of the company's capital budget for energy reduction projects.
  • Coordinating with Merck, utilities, other manufacturers, and EPA to host a meeting in the New Jersey region to introduce manufacturers to ENERGY STAR's industrial energy management resources.