2019 Industrial ENERGY STAR Awards
ENERGY STAR Awards – 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.
INDUSTRIAL AWARDEES FOR 2019
Allergan, Inc. (Madison, NJ): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Bimbo Bakeries USA (Horsham, PA): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York, NY): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
CalPortland Company (Glendora, CA): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Celanese Corporation (Irving, TX): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
CEMEX USA (Houston, 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 (Kingsport, TN): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
General Motors Company (Detroit, MI): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Hanesbrands Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Intertape Polymer Corporation (Sarasota, FL): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Findlay, OH): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Merck & Co., Inc. (Kenilworth, NJ): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Nissan North America, Inc. (Smyrna, TN): Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, Energy Management
Olin Brass (Louisville, KY): Partner of the Year – Energy Management
Raytheon Company (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 2019 WRITE-UPS
Allergan is a global pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical, and regenerative medicine products, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company advanced strategic energy management by applying ENERGY STAR tools and resources to achieve a four and a half percent energy intensity reduction for its U.S. operations over the past year. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Investing $8.4 million through the Allergan Energy Efficiency Capital Fund on projects that annually save $1.8 million in energy costs and cut 8,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for one manufacturing plant and four office buildings.
- Implementing the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt approach at its manufacturing operation in France.
- Educating employees on home energy reduction opportunities during Energy Awareness Month, Energy Efficiency Day, and ENERGY STAR Day using social media and digital signage.
- Implementing new organizational key performance indicators and communication tools that leverage Allegan’s 20 percent global energy reduction goal to keep facilities and operations management focused on energy performance.
- Actively supporting the ENERGY STAR Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Focus, Industrial Partnership, and other ENERGY STAR-sponsored initiatives.
Bimbo Bakeries USA is a baking company whose brands include Thomas, Sara Lee, Orowheat, Arnold, and Nature’s Harvest, receiving Partner of the Year recognition. The company seeks to build a sustainable and productive energy program and ENERGY STAR guidance and tools to continue to lead the U.S. baking sector in energy management. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Expanding its portfolio of ENERGY STAR certified bakeries to 14, the most in the baking sector and for any one company in the industrial sector.
- Maintaining an energy savings trend by achieving a one percent reduction in energy intensity in 2018 to contribute to a four percent improvement since 2015.
- Expanding the use of bio‐digesters to three bakeries that provide roughly one megawatt of electrical power.
- Committing to a virtual power purchase agreement that will produce the equivalent of the company’s electrical usage from wind power by 2020 and reduce 260,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually.
- Conducting energy treasure hunts using ENERGY STAR guidance at 75 percent of its bakeries where over $3 million in energy savings were identified with payback periods of under two years.
- Launching a customer-focused smartphone app that provides consumers with product-based sustainability information and highlights the company’s involvement with ENERGY STAR.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company continued to demonstrate leadership within the industrial sector by extensively promoting ENERGY STAR to employees, other companies, and business organizations around the world. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Sustaining more than a two percent energy intensity reduction for 2018 to contribute to a long-term improvement of 12.2 percent since 2012.
- Exceeding the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry energy intensity reduction goal at its Wallingford, Connecticut site and registering four new sites to ensure all eligible facilities are participating.
- Involving over 460 employees and contractors at 13 sites in energy treasure hunts that identified over $12 million in cost savings since 2015.
- Educating other ENERGY STAR Partner companies as well as the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Sierra Business Council on conducting energy treasure hunts.
- Launching the GREEN Ambassador employee engagement program which uses ENERGY STAR as a key tenet to promote sustainability.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at its new state-of-the-art Princeton Pike office building and recertifying two other office buildings.
CalPortland Company, founded in 1891, is a major producer of cement, concrete, aggregates, and asphalt in the western United States and Canada, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. In the past year, the company invested over $100 million to improve its operational efficiency to produce an overall energy intensity improvement of over two percent. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by 17.5-percent and saving $123 million since 2003.
- Completing construction of a new finish mill at the Oro Grande cement plant to increase utilization and efficiency. Most areas of the plant have been upgraded and optimized, including crushing, raw milling, kiln, finish grinding, transport and cement loadout.
- Constructing two compressed natural gas stations (CNG) to support CalPortland’s new fleet of 118 CNG ready mix trucks. The trucks were customized with near zero emission engines.
- Leveraging the position of CalPortland’s CEO as Chair of the Portland Cement Association to promote and support ENERGY STAR throughout the construction material industry and mentoring more than 11 ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for the seventh consecutive time for the Rillito Cement Plant and for the second time at the Oro Grande Cement Plant while participating in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.
- Promoting ENERGY STAR through social media, community outreach, school events, advertisements and magazine articles to reach over 113,000 people, garnering nearly 59 million impressions.
Celanese Corporation is a global producer of specialty materials and chemical products which are used in major industries and consumer applications, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. Sustained improvement of the energy program and enhanced employee engagement earned Celanese a six percent reduction in energy intensity and achieved the corporate energy reduction goal two years ahead of schedule. Additional key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Registering the Edmonton, Alberta plant for the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry and assisting in the initiation of Natural Resource Canada’s launch of the ENERGY STAR program for industry.
- Expanding the energy program’s scope to include new sites obtained through mergers and acquisitions and creating a team tasked with identifying energy efficiency opportunities from the use of information technology.
- Executing 155 energy and energy cost reduction projects with savings of more than $17 million, while completing energy program assessments and plans across 12 sites and ensuring the energy project pipeline is sound through 2021 with forecast savings of over $7 million.
- Extending the ENERGY STAR partnership to include participation in EPA’s Tenant pilot, collaborating monthly with industrial partners, and contributing to the success of the annual ENERGY STAR industrial partner meeting.
- Advancing employee engagement on energy management through new employee training and corporate and local employee events and campaigns.
CEMEX USA is a building materials supplier that produces, distributes, and markets cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, and building materials, receiving Partner of the Year recognition. The company operates a comprehensive energy management program that spans all major operations based on principles embodied in the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Key accomplishments in 2018 include:
- Achieving nearly a one percent thermal energy intensity reduction while integrating alternative fuels to reduce environmental impacts.
- Certifying three cement plants with the ENERGY STAR and enrolling 25 cement terminals in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.
- Developing methods for motivating executive management and employees to achieve energy goals, including a gainsharing program to reward hourly employees and annual performance assessments for salaried staff tied to energy metrics.
- Mentoring new ENERGY STAR industrial partners by sharing best energy management practices.
- Participating in the ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency for Cement Manufacturing by testing plant benchmarking models and presenting on impactful energy management opportunities in cement manufacturing to industry.
- Communicating on energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR through quarterly employee publications.
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a global consumer products company operating in more than 200 countries, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. Colgate-Palmolive continued to build upon its energy management foundation to extend energy management systems to address water and other environmental impacts. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by nearly three percent in 2018 and avoiding $560 million in energy costs since 2002.
- Investing in more than 70 energy capital projects forecast to deliver $1.9 million in annual savings.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry energy intensity reduction goal at two facilities, saving over 86,200 MMBtu of energy.
- Implementing its Renewable Energy Roadmap with the installation of two on-site solar energy projects at manufacturing sites in the United States and India that generate two MW of electricity.
- Analyzing more than 1,500 energy savings opportunities from 24 energy treasure hunt events to compile the most impactful projects for its 2020 Top 10 Energy & Water Actions program.
- Increasing the amount of facilities complying globally with its Top 10 Energy & Water Actions program to 83 percent.
Corning Incorporated applies its expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics to develop products for industrial and scientific applications and is receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company has built a significant internal communication platform for energy management best practice sharing and education that ensures worldwide energy management is institutionalized and practiced well. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Reaching nearly a one percent improvement in corporate energy intensity and, since 2012, a 15 percent reduction. More than one-half billion dollars have been saved through Corning’s Global Energy Management program since its inception in 2006.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at eight manufacturing facilities for savings between 10.5 and 52.4 percent.
- Demonstrating leadership among U.S. manufacturers and within the glass industry by sharing energy management best practices at ENERGY STAR industrial meetings and participating in the ENERGY STAR Glass Industry Focus.
- Inspiring a business unit, Optical Fiber and Cable (OFC), to increase emphasis on energy performance. The OFC general manager challenged site energy teams, and OFC reached a 50 percent energy intensity reduction.
- Developing new internal and external communications strategies to promote ENERGY STAR and energy and water savings. All outreach efforts resulted in reaching an audience of 1.53 million.
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. As a leader in energy management, the company has expanded its energy program to incorporate the management of water and other natural resources. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Achieving nearly an 11 percent improvement in energy intensity since the 2008 baseline while managing Eastman’s energy use in 2018 at a level $48 million lower when compared to the baseline, normalized to current production rates and energy prices.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for three buildings and achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at three manufacturing sites.
- Mentoring ENERGY STAR industrial partners by sharing energy management best practices to enable these businesses to excel.
- Budgeting more than $10 million and initiating more than 115 energy projects focused on steam and electrical systems improvement, process optimization, efficient equipment and improved lighting.
- Developing a steam system analysis tool, enabling engineers to quickly evaluate complex thermodynamic systems using real-time data, which includes functions to assess powerhouse equipment such as boilers, turbines, generators, and pumps.
- Sharing the benefits and resources of ENERGY STAR in presentations, community forums, and educational events to varied audiences including investors, customers, and others, resulting in over 350,000 impressions.
General Motors Company is a global automaker headquartered in the United States with operations in more than 120 countries, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company showed leadership in industrial energy management by continuously improving its energy program at its operations in the U.S. and around the world. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Reducing manufacturing energy intensity by 19 percent and avoiding $164 million in energy costs since 2010, equivalent to the profit from the sales of over 120,000 vehicles.
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry energy intensity reduction goal at eight facilities in 2018, bringing the total number of Challenge achievements to 135, more than any other participating company.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for 17 buildings, including two enterprise data centers, in 2018 as well as being the first company recognized with a certified ENERGY STAR Assembly plant in Canada.
- Issuing targeted communications to a wide range of audiences that highlight participation in the ENERGY STAR partnership.
- Implementing a new social media application, “Driving Sustainability”, to engage employees in campaigns such as Kill-o-Watt and in leveraging ENERGY STAR resources.
- Actively participating in and sharing best practices with the ENERGY STAR Motor Vehicle Industrial Focus and Industrial partnership.
HanesBrands is a marketer of everyday basic apparel with 68,000 employees manufacturing and distributing its brands, including: Hanes, Champion, DIM, Maidenform, Bali, Playtex and Bonds. The company is receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition as its global energy management program continues to grow and extend its influence worldwide by encouraging people to act sustainably. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by three percent, equal to an annual energy cost avoidance of $2.3 million. Since 2007, energy intensity has improved 23.7percent, avoiding an energy expenditure of $223 million.
- Implementing projects to increase the utilization of biomass, develop wastewater sludge to energy capabilities, recover wastewater heat, relight 10 facilities with LEDs and reduce boiler blowdown through reverse osmosis to save more than $10.9 million annually.
- Collaborating with EPA to promote ENERGY STAR to the company’s U.S. and global markets by enhancing its multi-media communications campaign, achieving 913 million ENERGY STAR brand impressions. Since 2007, Hanesbrands has generated more than four billion brand impressions.
- Engaging its energy and sustainability network through summits at its U.S. headquarters and sites in Europe and Asia to increase employee engagement, build sustainable action and promote ENERGY STAR.
- Participating in the ENERGY STAR network of industrial partners to share energy management best practices and learn from others.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (IPG) is a developer and manufacturer of tapes, films, and packaging systems for industrial and retail use, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. IPG expanded energy efficiency activities across new acquisitions and existing facilities and promoted ENERGY STAR both internally and externally. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a one percent reduction in energy intensity to save over $500,000 in avoided energy costs and nearly $5.6 million since 2009.
- Engaging employees through ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunts at three locations, raising the total number of employees who have participated to 183 and the energy saving opportunities to $1.8 million.
- Developing a “playbook” of best practices in energy management to enhance and sustain energy efficiency throughout operations.
- Working with local community leaders, businesses, and students to raise awareness about energy efficiency and support Certified Energy Manager training.
- Implementing a digital communications strategy to promote ENERGY STAR and energy accomplishments that resulted in 254,482 impressions and page views.
Johnson & Johnson is a global healthcare company, operating within the consumer, medical devices and pharmaceutical business segments, receiving Partner of the Year recognition. The company has established a robust global energy program that demonstrates the importance of energy management in achieving sustainability goals. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by more than two percent at 46 sites in the United States and Puerto Rico, and by more than a 19.4 percent improvement since 2010.
- Investing $22 million in energy-related projects through its CO2 Capital Relief program that has cut energy use by 520 gigawatt hours, saved $75 million in energy costs, and avoided nearly 270,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually since 2004.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at two office buildings while enrolling its first manufacturing facilities in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.
- Benchmarking and sharing best practices with other companies through the ENERGY STAR Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Focus and industrial partnership.
- Conducting three ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunts that identified 111 opportunities with the potential to reduce one-third of annual energy costs while preventing nearly 12,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions on those properties.
- Leveraging ENERGY STAR materials in communications to employees and external stakeholders to underscore the company’s commitment to energy management as a strategy for achieving sustainability goals.
Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company involved in the research, design, manufacturing, and integration of advanced technology systems, products, and services, receiving Partner of the Year recognition. In 2018, the company’s gated capital program approved more than $18 million for 40 projects, an investment with the potential to save millions of dollars annually in avoided energy costs. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Maintaining an energy intensity reduction of 15 percent from a 2010 baseline, enough to offset the company’s employee commuting and business travel emissions for approximately one year.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for seven office and data center buildings.
- Engaging 400 K-12 students and their families during Lockheed Martin Family Science Night with hands-on experiments and co-branded Go Green and ENERGY STAR signage that taught concepts of energy efficiency and energy management while promoting STEM careers.
- Expanding existing advanced metering infrastructure to include 54 sites and over 1,000 meters to provide real-time data and help inform more detailed engineering studies, curtailment strategies, and energy saving opportunities.
- Completing numerous projects, including installation of a high efficiency chiller, solar thermal tank, and a 2 megawatt carport solar energy system.
- Reaching more than 11,000 people inside and outside of the company about ENERGY STAR.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation is an integrated refining, marketing, and midstream company with crude oil refining capacity of more than three million barrels per day across 16 refineries, receiving Partner of the Year recognition. The company advances energy management throughout all operations and leads its industry in ENERGY STAR refinery certifications. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Improving energy intensity by two percent over 2016. Since 2002, the company’s efficiency gains have reduced greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of throughput by more than 20 percent, while efficiency gains in refining have helped avoid approximately 750 million British thermal units per hour of energy consumption.
- Expanding the company’s energy management network beyond refining to include its terminal, marine, transportation, pipeline, retail, and natural gas gathering and processing businesses.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification at three of its refineries. The Garyville, Louisiana, and Canton, Ohio, refineries were the first to be certified for 13 consecutive years.
- Extending the ENERGY STAR industrial network and communicating energy management by hosting an ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcase at the certified Garyville Refinery. This provided a forum for 125 elected officials, regulators, industry peers, and employees to discuss energy efficiency and share best practices.
- Confirming a 38 percent reduction in source energy-use intensity over a period of 10 years at its corporate headquarters campus in Findlay, Ohio; taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge for the first time at nine fuels terminals, and a second time at its biorefining facility; and, retrofitting Speedway retail brand stores with exterior LED lighting and ENERGY STAR certified equipment.
- Continuing to implement a formal energy strategy for achieving best-in-class energy performance at its refineries through six key actions. The company’s logistics and storage division adopted a similar strategy in 2018 to drive improvements in energy use throughout its terminals, pipelines and transportation logistics assets.
Merck & Co., Inc. is a global, research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company that produces medicines, vaccines, and animal health products, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company continues to strengthen its energy management practices worldwide and has reduced source energy by nearly 14 percent since 2015. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Investing almost $10 million in energy projects from the Merck Energy Efficiency Capital Fund.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR certification at four office buildings and one manufacturing site that has been certified for 10 consecutive years.
- Adopting a Total Cost of Ownership approach for evaluating capital projects to ensure energy costs are more accurately considered in financial decision making.
- Benchmarking and sharing best practices with other ENERGY STAR partners while promoting the ENERGY STAR partnership to new companies.
- Increasing its procurement of electricity from renewable sources through a 60 megawatt virtual power purchase agreement.
- Actively participating in the ENERGY STAR Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Focus and industrial partnership.
Nissan North America is the manufacturing and operations headquarters for Nissan automobile production and sales in the United States and Mexico, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. In 2018, Nissan’s Decherd, Tennessee Infiniti Powertrain Plant became the first U.S. powertrain plant to qualify for ENERGY STAR plant certification. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a 12 percent reduction in energy intensity since 2013.
- Earning ENERGY STAR plant certification for the Smyrna Assembly Plant for the 13th straight year.
- Working with EPA’s Region 4 staff to introduce industrial companies from the cereal, metal casting, and utility industries to ENERGY STAR and providing engineering support to 25 Rankin County schools by assisting them with ENERGY STAR certification and energy management.
- Initiating external and alternative financing for energy projects for the first time, with the assistance of ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Supporting an increased level of energy benchmarking of painting processes through the ENERGY STAR Auto Focus group.
- Expanding Nissan’s adaptation of the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt process to include activities focused on water reduction.
Olin Brass is a manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated components in North America, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. The company has developed an energy management program from the ground up using ENERGY STAR energy management guidance and tools. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Achieving a 1.6 percent improvement in energy intensity over 2017 and 6.6 percent since 2015.
- Building a machine level energy intensity model to enable better management of energy performance on the shop floor.
- Benchmarking best energy management practices with ENERGY STAR industrial partners.
- Motivating managers through performance standards tied to energy and environmental goals.
- Conducting a treasure hunt of the casting plant with four teams consisting of participants from the company’s plants and other cross-functional departments to identify potential projects with annual savings of $441,265. The largest discovery was replacing the casting bay lights to reap $33,000 in annual savings.
- Reaching out to eight community organizations, including a school district where the company supported school leadership, conducted a school energy walk-through, and provided information on energy saving options and energy incentives. As a result, an entire school was re-lamped with LED lights.
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation company specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. Raytheon expanded its energy team membership and reach to develop a strategy along with projects that will generate ongoing energy savings into the future. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Designing and building an energy-efficient onsite data center which can be replicated at other sites, an accomplishment that received a top project award from the company’s manufacturing peers.
- Completing onsite battery storage projects in two facilities to help offset power consumption from the grid during peak periods.
- Integrating aspects of the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt into Raytheon’s energy and water survey tools.
- Repositioning the Conserve Raytheon Energy and Water program in the company to strategically drive greater energy management planning.
- Assigning a full-time communications expert to promote energy efficiency both internally and externally.
- Earning ENERGY STAR certification for Raytheon’s Global Headquarters building for a second year.
The Boeing Company is a manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems supporting customers in 150 countries, receiving Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence recognition. A hallmark of Boeing’s energy management program is company-wide engagement of its sites globally in an annual competition for energy savings. Key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Developing a company-wide energy competition formed around the ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings with multiple sites achieving double-digit reductions in energy use and the company reducing electricity consumption overall by 1.6 percent.
- Committing $100 million to workplace improvements, including lighting, equipment, and fixture upgrades while investing $5.8 million in an LED lighting upgrade for the Renton, Washington plant.
- Establishing new environmental targets to reduce energy use by 10 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, water by 25 percent, and waste to landfill by 20 percent between 2017 and 2025.
- Executing a seamless transition of the corporate energy team to a new location. Detailed knowledge transfer plans were developed, and a transition period was built in to ensure the energy management program continued to succeed.
- Strengthening Boeing’s partnership with ENERGY STAR through active participation in the aerospace industry group and by sharing experiences and toolsets through EPA webinars, industrial partner benchmarking, and meetings with members of the International Aerospace Environmental Group