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Eastman Chemical Company

Kingsport, Tennessee

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Eastman Chemical Company is a global specialty chemicals company that manufactures and markets a broad portfolio of chemicals, fibers, and plastics. The company believes energy efficiency is a critical part of operating sustainably and is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for continuing to build upon its sound energy management foundation. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Improving energy intensity by 2.5 percent in 2012 and 7 percent since 2008. Energy achievements in 2012 equate to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 340 million pounds or an elimination of emissions from 28,000 cars, and saved the company more than $8 million.
  • Increasing the corporate energy budget from $7.2 million in 2011 to $10.5 million in 2012 based on the recognition that energy projects have a high rate of return with low associated risk.
  • Expanding the responsibility of Eastmans Corporate Energy Team from 10 to 16 manufacturing sites as a result of a major acquisition.
  • Enhancing the energy management abilities of the company by adding chemical engineers to Eastmans assessment team. This assessment process has resulted in over $7 million in savings opportunities identified since 2010. 
  • Addressing the heart of energy use in the chemical industry by developing a course to educate process design engineers on incorporating energy efficiency in new manufacturing designs.
  • Focusing on common plant systems that use energy, such as steam, and benchmarking within sites. This effort led to the creation of a corporate-wide best practices program and the addition of five maintenance coordinators committed to leak repair. In 2012, the company invested over $2 million in steam leak repairs for an average payback period of six months. 
  • Raising awareness of energy efficiency and EPAs ENERGY STAR resources in the community and among employees through an energy fair, working with the City of Kingsport, Tennessee to have its Mayor declare ENERGY STAR Day, and participating in EPAs Battle of the Buildings.