The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized CalPortland with a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements and the promotion of best energy management practices throughout the industry. This is the 13th consecutive award for CalPortland, a feat that has never been matched by any other U.S. building materials manufacturing company.
“CalPortland takes great pride in our partnership with Energy Star. Being named Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence is a tremendous honor,” said Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland. “Earning that honor for the 13th consecutive year is a tribute to the dedication of our employees who are proud to participate in programs that improve our energy efficiency, reduce emissions and contribute to protecting our environment.”
Key CalPortland 2016 accomplishments include:
- Reduction of its energy intensity by 1.1 percent compared to business as usual in 2015, which resulted in more than $682,000 in savings and a reduction of 14,234 metric tons of CO2. Since 2003, CalPortland has improved its energy intensity by 15.6 percent amounting to a cumulative savings of more than $96 million.
- The company initiated a new “CalPortland Energy Cup” competition that compares and quantifies energy practices and performance of its three cement plants.
- All three CalPortland cement plants scored in the top quartile of the EPI benchmarking tool. The Rillito plant has been certified consecutively for the past five years.
- CalPortland completed several large energy saving projects including the installation of a new $9 million clinker cooler at the Rillito cement plant, a $14 million Anchorage terminal storage dome and a $2 million preheater duct replacement at the Mojave cement plant.
Since its inception in 1992, Energy Star and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the Energy Star program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.