EPA Honors Eastman and 3M with 2014 Energy Star® Partner of the Year

April 9th, 2014 by Editor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Eastman Chemical Co. and 3M Co. with a 2014 Energy Star® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in superior energy management.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the EPA with the Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” says Mark Costa, CEO of Eastman. “I could not be more proud of the men and women at Eastman who are committed to energy management. This recognition is confirmation of Eastman’s commitment to maintaining sustainable operations and innovating sustainable solutions.” 

Key accomplishments of Eastman’s award winning energy management program include:

  • Improving energy intensity by nearly three percent, equating to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 310 million pounds. Since 2008, Eastman has improved intensity by nearly 8 percent.
  • Growing the corporate capital energy budget to $8 million and allocating a $3.5 million expense budget for energy efficiency improvements. More than $2.5 million of this was spent repairing steam leaks, averaging a six month payback, which continues to be a shared and implemented best practice across the corporation.
  • Integrating additional manufacturing sites into the corporate energy program.
  • Working within the company’s energy value chain to educate suppliers and customers on energy efficiency and Energy Star as well as conducting sustainability audits of 27 strategic suppliers.

The key accomplishments for which 3M was recognized include:

  • Holding energy intensity steady despite the varying energy practices of 24 new manufacturing plants that 3M acquired and integrated into the corporate energy program. Since 2010, 3M has improved energy efficiency by nearly 10 percent and avoided more than 855,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
  • Implementing 252 energy efficiency projects, saving nearly $9 million and 61,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
  • Securing a $10 million annual capital fund dedicated to energy and sustainability projects.
  • Engaging 15 U.S. and international manufacturing sites in EPA’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry, and earning Energy Star certification for three buildings.
  • Creating the Sustainability Center of Excellence to integrate all aspects of sustainability into business strategies across the company, minimize manufacturing and supply chain footprints, drive sustainability of 3M products and services, and deliver solutions to solve global sustainability challenges.
  • Engaging communities globally in energy and sustainability dialogue through special events and school-based educational programs.

The companies will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014.

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