For the 17th consecutive year since the program began, Eastman Chemical Company earned energy efficiency awards from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). As part of the Responsible Care program, the ACC honors specific projects that have achieved distinction in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Eastman received four awards, two of which received an "exceptional merit" designation.
“Eastman is honored to be awarded again. This recognition demonstrates Eastman’s continued commitment to being a sustainable company, and specifically to improving energy efficiency and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jim Rogers, chief executive officer.
ACC presented a total of 51 awards with sixteen of the projects given the 'exceptional merit' designation. Winners were selected from five categories: Environmental Impact, Energy Efficiency Program, Non-Manufacturing Improvement, Significant Improvement in Manufacturing, and Public Outreach. Eastman’s four awards were for Significant Improvement in Manufacturing, which recognizes companies that improve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or implementation of novel or established procedures or actions.
Eastman’s Kingsport, Tennessee site received two “exceptional merit” awards:
In addition to these 'exceptional merit' awards, the Kingsport site was recognized for two additional projects:
Combined, these projects save 525,500 MM BTUs and 54,900 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. That’s enough energy to power 14,000 homes and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from more than 8,000 cars.
“Due to the economic climate of 2009, Eastman’s efficiency efforts shifted to reducing energy costs without capital investments,” said Ray Ratheal, director for energy and climate change policy. “These four winning projects are innovative examples of achieving energy efficiency through creative redesign, exploration and trials with new types of equipment, initiation of campaign strategies, and operational changes.”
Eastman is one of 12 American Chemistry Council member companies to be recognized through the 2009 Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards. ACC reported that improvements made by these companies cumulatively saved enough BTUs to power all the homes in a city the size of Dayton, Ohio for one year.
Since 1974, Responsible Care companies have reduced fuel and power energy consumption per unit of output by more than half. Since 1992 Responsible Care companies have reduced greenhouse gas intensity by more than 28 percent, a remarkable achievement for one of the most energy-intensive industries.
Eastman’s chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2009 sales of $5 billion.
About the American Chemistry Council (ACC)
ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.