2017 Industrial Partner of the Year
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Industrial Awardees
Each year EPA honors ENERGY STAR partners who have made notable contributions in corporate energy management and in raising awareness about energy efficiency. Read on to learn how the award was achieved.
Allergan (Parsipanny, NJ): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York, NY): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
CalPortland Company (Glendora, CA): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Celanese Corporation (Irving, TX): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Colgate-Palmolive Company (New York, NY): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Corning, Incorporated (Corning, NY): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
General Motors Company (Detroit, MI): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Grede Holdings, LLC (Southfield, MI): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
HanesBrands Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Intertape Polymer Group, Inc. (Sarasota, FL): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Koch Industries (Wichita, KS): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Merck & Co., Inc. (Kenilworth, NJ): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Nissan North America, Inc. (Franklin, TN): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Olin Brass (Louisville, KY): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Raytheon (Waltham, MA): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
INDUSTRIAL AWARDEES FOR 2017
Allergan (Parsipanny, NJ)
Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Allergan, Inc. is a diversified global pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices, and biologic products for patients around the world. Allergan is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for continuing the success of its energy management program following a major corporate restructuring. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than a seven-percent energy intensity improvement for U.S. operations. The company also established an aggressive new goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020 using a 2015 baseline.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification at five buildings that represent a significant portion of its office space footprint.
- Investing $1 million through the Allergan Energy Efficiency Capital Fund to enable projects with payback periods of up to five years to be implemented.
- Conducting an energy treasure hunt using ENERGY STAR guidance at a major manufacturing site that identified savings of nearly 24 percent of the site’s current usage.
- Participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Industrial Partnership.
- Implementing a corporate wide set of high impact, easy to replicate reduction projects such as light-emitting diode (LED) lighting upgrades and chilled water optimization.
- Creating an on-line “Energy University” to train employees.
Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York, NY)
Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company focused on discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. The company has built a robust energy management program by utilizing ENERGY STAR® energy management tools and actively participates in the ENERGY STAR industrial partnership. Bristol-Myers Squibb is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for advancing its energy management program over the past year. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving an annual energy intensity improvement of more than three percent globally, contributing to an 11.4-percent reduction in energy consumption since 2010.
- Implementing 36 major energy projects in 2016, bringing the total number of projects implemented since 2009 to 302. The annual average savings of these projects is $16.2 million based on an investment of $36.9 million.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for the energy performance of four of its buildings.
- Engaging over 320 employees in energy treasure hunts. Since 2015 the treasure hunts have identified energy savings opportunities worth more than $9 million with the potential to reduce energy use on average by more than 19 percent.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and the ENERGY STAR industrial partnership.
- Entering three major facilities in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.
CalPortland Company (Glendora, CA)
Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, concrete, aggregates, and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. CalPortland’s energy program, formed in 2003, continues to expand to cover new areas of the company’s operations. CalPortland is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for advancing and championing energy management within the U.S. cement industry and among industry broadly. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by more than one percent for $682,000 in savings, contributing to the company’s overall improvement of 15.6 percent for cumulative savings of $96 million.
- Advancing the “stakes” for energy performance in the company’s three energy intensive cement plants by initiating a new competition, the “CP Energy Cup” that compares and quantifies energy practices.
- Achieving superior energy performance for all three of its cement plants by scoring in the top quarter of cement plants nationwide for energy intensity using the ENERGY STAR cement plant energy performance indicator for verification. Two of the plants earned ENERGY STAR certification.
- Overhauling the energy management systems at a recently purchased cement plant by integrating the plant into the CalPortland corporate energy program, incorporating cement process improvements at the plant, and performing energy assessments of all systems.
- Completing major projects including a new $9 million clinker cooler that recovers heat back into the kiln for savings of over $1.3 million annually and a $2 million upgrade to a ready mix concrete plant that incorporates light-emitting diode lighting, premium efficiency motors, shutdown controls, and improved truck idling management, all for savings of over $51,000 per year.
- Strengthening the ENERGY STAR industrial network by actively supporting industrial partners in energy management and by holding the first ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcase where over 200 attendees from the community, customers, and others met at a CalPortland cement plant for education on energy efficiency and to learn about the company’s stewardship.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. The company is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for expanding its participation in ENERGY STAR and extending its energy management program globally. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by six percent since 2015 and 33 percent since 2005.
- Implementing more than 180 energy projects for $17 million in savings.
- Establishing a stronger global presence for energy management, including conducting energy treasure hunts in two plants in Asia that yielded $8 million in potential savings, increasing global site participation in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry so that 11 sites now take part, and holding the first Celanese Global Energy Summit where energy leaders from across the company were trained and shared best practices in energy improvement, management, and partnership initiatives.
- Participating in the annual ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner and Focus Industry meeting by sharing Celanese’s energy management experiences with other manufacturers.
- Promoting ENERGY STAR resources and the partnership to industry.
Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a global consumer products company operating in over 200 countries and territories. Colgate is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for advancing sustainable production and sharing its techniques with the manufacturing community. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a three-percent improvement in energy intensity across all of its global operations while avoiding $350 million in energy costs since 2009.
- Expanding the company’s comprehensive evaluation of the environmental footprint of its product categories beyond Oral Care to include both Home Care and Personal Care.
- Educating suppliers about how to identify energy savings by including them in Colgate’s own plant energy treasure hunts.
- Improving the energy efficiency of the value chain for Colgate products by sourcing raw materials closer to manufacturing plants, incorporating efficiencies into production, and maximizing energy efficiency in the transport of products.
- Expanding the ENERGY STAR treasure hunt guidance to water efficiency by adapting the guidance for water assessments in plants.
- Continuing to use the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry globally. Since 2010, 35 sites have achieved 60 awards, with energy intensity improvements of 10 percent or more.
Corning Incorporated is an innovator in materials science. Corning is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the strategic direction and advancement of its energy management program. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a one-percent growth in corporate energy productivity, contributing to Corning’s overall improvement of 31 percent since 2007 for $454 million in savings.
- Holding seven publicly attended ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcases at its manufacturing plants in both the United States and overseas to demonstrate the plants’ energy accomplishments and inform about energy efficiency.
- Supporting the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Glass Manufacturing by engaging fellow manufacturers and sharing best practices across the sector.
- Focusing on the development of more sustainable manufacturing processes by creating a safe environment for testing new approaches to production.
- Applying the ENERGY STAR treasure hunt process at four plants in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan to identify energy efficiency opportunities for combined identified savings of $2.1 million.
- Adapting the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to address water pumping, treatment, and discharge, and the energy associated with this major manufacturing activity in its operations.
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that manufactures a broad range of products found in everyday items. Eastman is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for improving efficiency while transforming its portfolio toward specialty chemicals and for developing energy efficiency breakthroughs in chemical production processes. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by more than three percent over 2015. Energy intensity has improved more than 10 percent since 2008. Using the baseline energy intensity compared to current production at present energy prices, Eastman would have spent $36.3 million more in 2016 on energy if the energy intensity had not changed since 2008.
- Formulating successful energy management strategies to control inefficiencies as the business shifted to the manufacture of specialty chemicals, which tend to be more energy intensive.
- Initiating 120 energy savings projects with a focus on optimizing steam and electrical systems by engaging consultants and internal utility, capital, and manufacturing staff. Simple payback of these projects is greater than industry average indicating the maturity of the Eastman energy program.
- Participating in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry by achieving a 10-percent reduction in energy intensity at two Eastman sites and entering two buildings in EPA’s National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP.
- Supporting ENERGY STAR industrial partners and the community by engaging and informing about energy efficiency and opportunities for savings.
General Motors Company (GM) is a global automobile manufacturer that produces vehicles in 30 countries. The company integrates its energy management program into its business plan and overall sustainability strategy. GM is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its ongoing progress in energy performance and support of ENERGY STAR. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Accomplishing 10-percent reduction in energy use on a per-vehicle basis at its U.S. manufacturing facilities compared to 2015. This reduction saves more than $10 million and is comparable to the profit from the sale of 10,000 vehicles.
- Investing $20 million on energy efficiency projects in the U.S. facilities with an average payback of two years, while leveraging energy performance contracts for lighting upgrades and steam elimination projects with longer paybacks.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification at 15 GM buildings and two assembly plants, and achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at 12 plants, bringing the number of GM plants accomplishing this goal to 75— the most of any company.
- Reaching over 11 million media impressions from ENERGY STAR-related announcements and communications.
- Announcing a new commitment to meet the electricity needs of 350 global operations in 59 countries with renewable energy by 2050.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Motor Vehicle Manufacturing and Industrial Partnership.
Grede Holdings LLC is a manufacturer of iron castings for the automotive, heavy truck, and industrial markets with foundries and machining operations in the United States and Mexico. As a medium sized manufacturer, Grede has proven that energy management can be effectively implemented in a business of its type and in the facilities it operates. Grede is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for the growth of its robust energy management program. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Improving the energy intensity of its operations by six percent since 2012 and more than one percent over 2015.
- Completing 284 efficiency projects for $887,000 in savings, including the installation of an energy monitoring system that reports manufacturing conditions for 14 locations for remote management.
- Speaking before the entire U.S. casting industry at Cast Expo about energy management and how ENERGY STAR can help other casters to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency.
- Requiring all plants to implement relevant energy efficiency opportunities from the ENERGY STAR Energy Guide for Metal Casting.
- Taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at 13 Grede plants.
- Mentoring ENERGY STAR manufacturing partners by assisting them in their development of their energy programs.
Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel under multiple apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, and Playtex. Hanesbrands is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for the company’s continued efforts in sustainability and energy management as the company expanded its operations through acquisitions. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Accomplishing more than a five-percent reduction in energy use compared to 2015, bringing the company’s total energy improvement to more than 30 percent since 2007.
- Integrating newly acquired facilities located across multiple continents into the company’s energy management program.
- Implementing 223 projects identified through energy treasure hunts, yielding nearly $2 million in energy savings.
- Implementing a multimedia communications strategy to inform people through 655 million media impressions about energy management and ENERGY STAR.
- Developing long range energy plans that identify strategic projects to help Hanesbrands achieve its 2020 goal of a 40-percent reduction in carbon emissions intensity, 50-percent reduction in water use intensity, and 40-percent increase in renewable energy use.
Intertape Polymer Group, Inc. (IPG) is a leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of tapes, films, woven fabrics, and complementary packaging systems for industrial and consumer use across 12 production plants. IPG is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for continued efforts to strengthen and broaden its energy program throughout the corporation and for its active partnership with ENERGY STAR. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a five-percent reduction in energy intensity over 2015 that contributed to more than $3.6 million in savings since 2009.
- Opening a new plant designed to be significantly more energy efficient and have fewer environmental impacts than traditional tape manufacturing plants.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at two plants, marking the tenth time an IPG facility has achieved this goal.
- Engaging and training 135 employees through energy treasure hunts that have identified more than $1.2 million in energy saving opportunities.
- Sharing best practices and mentoring ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Hosting an ENERGY STAR Showcase event that engaged the Danville, Virginia, community in energy management.
Koch Industries, a large privately held company, operates a group of businesses in such sectors as refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; polymers and fibers; minerals; and glass. The company built a robust energy management program utilizing ENERGY STAR® energy management tools. Koch Industries is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for advancing energy management in more than six energy intensive industries, actively participating in ENERGY STAR’s industrial network and building a vast energy network within its own operations. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity in its chemicals and paper businesses by up to two percent, contributing to savings of more than $270 million across all Koch businesses since 2011.
- Building an extensive energy manager network to share best practices, provide training, inform about new energy technologies, and enhance energy performance of Koch businesses.
- Taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry by adopting the goal to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent in seven Georgia-Pacific plants.
- Encouraging industry to participate in and support EPA by working through ENERGY STAR to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs in the oil refining, fertilizer, pulp and paper, glass, and chemicals sectors.
- Sharing Koch Industries’ energy management approaches within the ENERGY STAR industrial energy manager network to advance the level of energy management skill and knowledge among U.S. manufacturers.
Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) is a global, research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company with a vision to be “the most energy-efficient company in the pharmaceutical industry and a leader among FORTUNE 500 companies.” Merck is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued leadership in energy management and strategic focus on helping others achieve world class performance in energy management. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than a six-percent reduction in energy intensity for U.S. facilities and an eight-percent reduction globally over 2015. Since 2012, Merck has reduced energy intensity by 14.5 percent in the United States and 18.2 percent globally.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for one manufacturing plant and four office buildings.
- Investing more than $13 million in energy projects through the Merck Energy Efficiency Capital Fund in 2016 alone.
- Publishing its first Corporate Energy Management Standard (SN42) in eight languages to further integrate energy efficiency into company operations and planning.
- Sharing best practices and mentoring ENERGY STAR partners.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
- Engaging thousands of employees in energy efficiency through Lighting Fairs, Earth Day, and Bring Your Child to Work Day events.
Nissan North America, Inc. is the manufacturing and operations headquarters for Nissan in the United States and Mexico. The Nissan Green Program (NGP) guides Nissan’s global energy efficiency strategies and was implemented to support the company's environmental philosophy: Symbiosis of People, Vehicles, and Nature. Nissan is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued energy management performance, improvement, and promotion of energy efficiency. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than an eight-percent reduction in enterprise wide energy intensity over the previous year. Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, Nissan has saved more than 6.08 trillion British thermal units (Btu), equivalent to the amount of energy needed to drive a Nissan LEAF™ more than 6.35 billion miles.
- Maintaining ENERGY STAR certification of its automobile assembly plants for 11 consecutive years while earning certification at six office buildings.
- Investing $1.6 million toward energy efficiency upgrades.
- Generating more than 2.5 million media impressions that promote ENERGY STAR.
- Hosting an ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcase event that highlighted efficiency improvements at the Decherd Tennessee plant.
- Expanding support for ENERGY STAR certification of K-12 schools to 27 schools with 20 being recertified for the fourth time.
Olin Brass is a leading manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube, and fabricated components in North America. The company is focused on improving its operations and in spreading energy management strategies to other businesses within its organization. Olin Brass is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for formulating an energy management program with EPA’s ENERGY STAR resources. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than a six-percent reduction in energy intensity over the past year for savings of $1 million.
- Establishing a system consistent with the ENERGY STAR energy management guidelines across the company’s operations so that the system now provides opportunities for worker engagement, training, and reward for energy achievements.
- Engaging all six of its U.S. plants in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry so that each plant is working to improve energy intensity by 10 percent or more. Employees at Olin’s East Alton, IL, Brass Mill reduced energy intensity by more than 13 percent in 4 years and were recognized for their achievement.
- Showing leadership among industries in the State of Kentucky by meeting with manufacturers on the value of energy management and ENERGY STAR resources.
- Formulating a plan that will be implemented to expand Olin Brass’ energy management program to an overseas plant and to its sister company businesses.
- Supporting the ENERGY STAR industrial energy manager network by sharing management strategies.
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for initiating more integrative and inclusive energy management projects and direction across the company. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Achieving more than a three-percent reduction in absolute energy consumption over 2015, avoiding more than $2 million in annual energy costs.
- Executing their five-year energy “roadmap” by advancing in Infrastructure Optimization, Internal Integration, Technology Strategy, and Partnerships key focus areas.
- Looking beyond building infrastructure management to concentrate on energy management in manufacturing and process-related projects. In addition, a Smart Manufacturing pilot is underway.
- Developing Smart Campus plans for all business units to better integrate energy monitoring and management support for multibuilding complexes.
- Focusing on information technology (IT) management to establish best practices and design guidelines for new IT spaces and initiate a multiyear program for advanced energy management at all company data centers.
- Assisting other companies to enhance their energy management programs through new mentoring partnerships and continued leadership in the New England ENERGY STAR Best Practices Network.
- Launching “Rstars”, a new internal recognition program providing a single companywide platform through which employees give and receive recognition.
The Boeing Company is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems. Boeing’s comprehensive energy management program remains focused on improving the environmental performance of its operations. The company is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for maintaining its energy management program. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by four percent over the prior year, while absolute energy use decreased by two percent, which is equivalent to powering 23,000 average U.S. homes.
- Providing leadership in the aerospace industry by supporting a group of manufacturers committed to working together through ENERGY STAR to identify new energy management strategies in the sector.
- Investing $6.7 million in direct energy conservation to reduce energy use by more than 77,000 million British thermal units (Btu) annually. Projects include lighting improvements, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) optimization, and replacement of eight chillers (equal to 12,000 tons) with energy efficient models, including a 35 kilowatt (peak power) solar array integrated with the local utility.
- Promoting energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR through a friendly competition among several of its sites in EPA’s National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP.
- Supporting energy management among ENERGY STAR industrial partner companies and other organizations by sharing the company’s energy management strategies.