Eastman Chemical Company's
The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Eastman with a Save Energy Now Award. The site received DOE's highest level award – Energy Champion. Eastman worked with a DOE energy expert to assess key industrial process systems and identify cost-saving opportunities. By implementing the recommended actions, Eastman is reducing energy use and shrinking its carbon footprint in the near term.
Also, the American Chemistry Council presented Eastman with its Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Award. The
"Energy management has always been important to Eastman," said Parker Smith, vice president of Global Worldwide Manufacturing for Eastman. "But rising energy costs prompted us to take a closer look at our operation. In 2005, we selected an energy coordinator for the
Energy reduction opportunities were also found throughout the site including the use of high-efficiency compact fluorescent lighting, enhanced metering systems, improved steam traps, leak identification and repair, and improved insulation.
As a result of this project, in 2006, the site's energy intensity improved by about 5 percent, which translated into nearly $9 million dollars in annual value and a reduction of more than 248,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is one of the world’s largest producers of PET polymers for packaging; and is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in