Aug. 31, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Portland Cement Association (PCA) today announced winners of the 2016 Energy and Environment Awards, recognizing outstanding environmental and community relations efforts that go above and beyond simply what is required. Plants throughout North America were evaluated in five categories, and recognized for environmental efforts completed in 2015.
“The cement industry is committed to making the highest quality product in the safest and most efficient manner possible,” said PCA President and CEO James G. Toscas. “To that end, plants are constantly improving manufacturing practices and incorporating new technologies to reduce emissions, waste, and energy use. The facilities we are honoring today have gone even further in working with neighboring communities to improve environmental practices.”
Energy Efficiency Winner: CalPortland Company, Rillito, Arizona
From their mobile fleet technology to an internal energy efficiency challenge, the CalPortland Company Rillito, Ariz. facility has been enhancing its energy efficiency for more than a decade. The plant had an operational uptime efficiency of more than 98 percent and improved its grinding and kiln-specific energy efficiency, while meeting the higher cement fineness demands of its customers. Additionally, for the last four years this plant has been certified by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program. Plant-wide efficiency efforts have reduced energy intensity by 1.2 percent, the equivalent of 9,810 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Besides improving the manufacturing process, CalPortland Rillito has hosted multiple energy efficiency plant tours and participated in local energy conservation events.
CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, ready mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, safety, customer service, technical excellence and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company, visit www.calportland.com.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent 92 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit www.cement.org.