American Chemistry Council members reduced energy use by 10.6 trillion BTUs in 2012, enough to power all the homes in a city the size of Bangor, Maine, for one year. They also made significant strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency improvements at their plants, operating and business units, and companies.
In recognition of their commitment to and achievement in energy efficiency, ACC presented 66 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards to 17 member companies. Ten of the winners were deemed programs of “Exceptional Merit.”
ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley said in a statement:
Energy efficiency is a great way for companies to enhance sustainability while improving their bottom line. By implementing energy efficiency programs and projects, we reduce energy costs and are better able to compete in today’s global marketplace.
The Energy Efficiency awards were divided into five categories:
- Energy Efficiency Program, for broad-based energy-efficiency improvements;
- Significant Improvement in Manufacturing, for innovations or procedures that improved manufacturing operations;
- Environmental Impact, for initiatives that reduced greenhouse gas emissions as well as energy use;
- Non-Manufacturing Improvement, for building and other improvements; and
- Public Outreach, for energy-efficiency programs that involved the community.
The award winners were honored at the 22nd Annual Responsible Care Conference and Expo, May 5-8 in Hollywood, Florida.
The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC’s many ongoing initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.