EPA rec­og­nizes So­cial Cir­cle plant

The Covington News - - Business - RACHEL GOFF News Ed­i­tor

A So­cial Cir­cle plant was awarded by the EPA last week for its ef­forts in re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Saint-gobain, the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of build­ing prod­ucts, was awarded the En­ergy Star Sus­tained Ex­cel­lence Award by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency for the sec­ond year in a row in Washington, D.C. The award rec­og­nized Sain­tGobain’s out­stand­ing lead­er­ship in en­ergy man­age­ment and re­duc­tions in green­house gas emis­sions. Through its U.S. sub­sidiaries, the com­pany is the only man­u­fac­turer of glass con­tain­ers or fiber­glass in­su­la­tion ever to re­ceive the award.

John Crowe, pres­i­dent and CEO of Saint-gobain, said the com­pany be­lieves re­duc­ing the amount of en­ergy the com­pany uses is one way to re­pay its com­mu­nity.

“For us, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage that goes be­yond good busi­ness sense; it drives in­no­va­tion,” he said. “We are hon­ored En­ergy Star has rec­og­nized Saint-gobain’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to build­ing a more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient fu­ture and re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of our busi­ness.”

It is also the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the com­pany and its North Amer­i­can sub­sidiaries have been rec­og­nized by the EPA. Saint-gobain was awarded the En­ergy Star Part­ner of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 and at­tained the EPA’S level of Sus­tained Ex­cel­lence in 2011 and 2012.

The EPA was cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of its En­ergy Star pro­gram when the award was given to the com­pany.

“Saint-gobain and all our En­ergy Star award win­ners are help­ing Amer­i­cans find cost-ef­fec­tive ways to save en­ergy in ev­ery­thing we do, which is good for our cli­mate, our health and our fu­ture,” said EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Lisa P. Jack­son.

The EPA also rec­og­nized Sain­tGobain for its lead­er­ship in im­ple­ment­ing a wide range of process im­prove­ments and en­ergy man­age­ment prac­tices over sev­eral years. Since 2008, the com­pany has im­proved en­ergy in­ten­sity by 11.9 per­cent. In 2011, The com­pany’s busi­nesses in North Amer­ica were able to re­duce their en­ergy in­ten­sity (the amount of en­ergy used to pro­duce a unit of prod­uct) by 3.6 per­cent — equiv­a­lent to the amount of en­ergy needed to make shin­gles for new roofs on 1.1 mil­lion typ­i­cal U.S. homes or enough fiber­glass in­su­la­tion for more than 163,000 typ­i­cal U.S. homes. In ad­di­tion, the en­ergy sav­ings achieved by the com­pany equate to avoid­ing more than 116,063 tons of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions last year.

“I know I speak for all 19,000 Sain­tGobain em­ploy­ees in North Amer­ica when I say that re­ceiv­ing this pres­ti­gious award in­spires all of us to be lead­ers in the ef­fort to save en­ergy not only through our re­spon­si­ble man­u­fac- tur­ing prac­tices, but also through the de­vel­op­ment of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ing prod­ucts,” said Crowe.

Saint-gobain, the world’s largest build­ing ma­te­ri­als com­pany, has its North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters in Val­ley Forge, Pa. As the world leader in sus­tain­able habi­tat, Saint-gobain is com­mit­ted to in­vent­ing so­lu­tions to help pro­fes­sion­als and com­mu­ni­ties around the world build and ren­o­vate com­fort­able, healthy, eco­nom­i­cal and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings. The com­pany has more than 265 lo­ca­tions in North Amer­ica and ap­prox­i­mately 19,000 em­ploy­ees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-gobain re­ported sales of ap­prox­i­mately $7.7 bil­lion in 2011.

Saint-gobain’s fam­ily of com­pa­nies in North Amer­ica in­cludes Cer­tain­teed Cor­po­ra­tion, which of­fers the most com­pre­hen­sive port­fo­lio of in­te­rior and ex­te­rior build­ing prod­ucts in North Amer­ica, as well as Saint-gobain Abra­sives, Saint-gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech Saint-gobain North Amer­ica, Saint-gobain Glass, Saint-gobain So­lar, Saint-gobain Per­for­mance Plas­tics and more.

En­ergy Star was in­tro­duced by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in 1992 as a vol­un­tary mar­ket-based part­ner­ship to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions through in­creased en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Now cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary, En­ergy Star of­fers busi­nesses and con­sumers en­ergy-ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions to save en­ergy, money and help pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion about En­ergy Star, visit www.en­er­gys­tar. gov.

This in­fo­graphic de­tails Saint-gobain’s en­ergy sav­ings in 2011. The So­cial Cir­cle plant was rec­og­nized last week by the EPA for its en­ergy-re­duc­ing ef­forts.

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