Out of the 95 manufacturing plants earning certification in the 2020 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star program, 13 were cement operations.
“Since the 1990s, the cement industry has been a leader in addressing climate change and sustainability,” said Mike Ireland, PCA president and CEO. “PCA is proud to celebrate the Energy Star certification across these 13 plants, exemplifying our members commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. “
The certified cement plants were:
- Argos USA, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.
- Ash Grove Cement, Seattle.
- Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.
- CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.
- Cemex USA, Miami.
- Drake Cement, Paulden, Ariz.
- GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo. and Rapid City, S.D.
- Salt River Materials Group, Clarkdale, Ariz.
- Titan America, Medley, Fla. and Troutville, Va.
“These forward-looking businesses have demonstrated that economic development and job creation go hand-in-hand with environmental progress,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “The transition to a clean energy economy is happening now, as partnerships like Energy Star encourage companies to go the extra mile, bringing innovation, cost-savings and pollution reductions in return.”
Energy Star certifies plants achieving energy performance in the top 25% of their respective industries, the manufacturing category spanning cement and 19 other sectors. Certification candidates use EPA-defined performance indicators to assess how their energy use compares to facilities with similar operating characteristics. Plants with a verified energy performance score of 75 out of 100 or higher are eligible for Energy Star certification.