The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CalPortland Company a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. CalPortland’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.
CalPortland, an Energy Star partner since 1996, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. The company continues to be a strong leader in managing energy and in promoting the benefits of energy efficiency and Energy Star to industrial companies throughout the U.S. This is the seventh consecutive time CalPortland has been awarded a national Energy Star award with the last five awards being for Sustained Excellence. This is a feat unmatched by any other U.S. construction materials company. Recent accomplishments include:
- Reducing overall energy intensity by 4.6% resulting in the prevention of 32,888 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and decreasing absolute energy consumption by 14% over the previous year.
- Conducting 144 energy efficiency projects expected to save over 21 million kWh or an estimated $2.3 million per year.
- Working with senior executives in national building materials manufacturing associations to promote good energy efficiency practices and encourage them to promote participation in the Energy Star program among their members.
- All three CalPortland cement plants scored a perfect 100 on Energy Star’s benchmarking tool.
“CalPortland has established a core culture of energy management that includes all levels of the company’s operations. Company employees are proud of their accomplishments to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and promote good energy practices to the rest of the construction materials industry” said Allen Hamblen, president and CEO, CalPortland. “Our partnership with Energy Star has been instrumental in the continuous improvement of our energy program.”