Washington, DC September 26, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Plants partner CalPortland Company (CalPortland) for achieving their energy intensity reduction goal of 28% since 2010. As part of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Better Plants Program (Better Plants) works with leading manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment agencies to boost their competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency.
Better Plants partners like CalPortland help demonstrate that industrial energy efficiency measures pay off at relatively low risk. As of 2019, 60 energy goals have been met by Better Plants partners, many of whom go on to set additional energy goals as well as water and waste reduction goals. To date, Better Plants partners have reported estimated cumulative energy savings of 1.3 quadrillion Btus and $6.7 billion – equivalent to the total annual average salaries of more than 78,000 manufacturing workers.
“CalPortland is committed to our ongoing effort to reduce the company’s energy intensity, said William Jerald, Chief Energy Engineer. “We take pride in our partnership with the Better Plants Program and are grateful to be recognized for this achievement. This is a genuine tribute to the ongoing commitment by our employees through our company’s comprehensive energy management culture.”
“Congratulations to CalPortland on achieving their impressive energy efficiency goal set as a partner in the Better Plants Program,” said Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Their leadership and willingness to share solutions demonstrates what’s possible and provides an energy efficiency roadmap for the rest of industry to follow.”
CalPortland has utilized DOE programs and software tools to help identify energy savings and accelerate investment in energy efficiency technologies and practices. Additionally, the company has performed multiple DOE in-plant training sessions driving innovation, cost savings, and the sharing of solutions company-wide that accelerated the attainment of the ambitious 28% energy intensity reduction.
CalPortland and other goal achievers were formally recognized at the Better Plants conference on September 26, 2019, where William Jerald accepted the prestigious award. As part of the broader Better Buildings Initiative, Better Plants partners voluntarily set a long-term goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations. DOE supports these efforts with technical expertise and national recognition.
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.
About Better Plants Program
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, Better Plants works with leading manufacturers to boost their competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency. More than 220 industrial companies, representing more than 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, voluntarily partner with DOE to commit to reducing their energy intensity, typically by 25 percent over 10 years across all their U.S. operations. DOE supports these efforts with technical assistance, peer networking opportunities, access to innovation through the National Laboratories, and national recognition. For more information about the DOE Better Plants program please visit https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/better-plants