WASHINGTON (March 27, 2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 93 manufacturing plants earned ENERGY STAR certification for their superior energy performance in 2017. Together, these plants reduced their energy bills by almost $340 million, saved more than 60 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of energy, and achieved broad emissions reductions, including 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The energy savings is enough to meet the annual energy needs of almost 360,000 American households. CalPortland’s Rillito, AZ and Oro Grande, CA cement plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for 2017. This is the second consecutive year for the Oro Grande cement plant and the seventh year the CalPortland Rillito cement plant has earned ENERGY STAR certification, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings.
“CalPortland is proud to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of the energy efficiency programs at our Rillito and Oro Grande cement plants,” said President/CEO of CalPortland, Allen Hamblen. “CalPortland has been a proud ENERGY STAR partner since 1996 and our employees are dedicated to conserving energy through programs that contribute to the protection of our environment.”
“Earning ENERGY STAR certification is a real mark of excellence, highlighting companies that are leaders in cutting energy costs and reducing waste,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “This program is in direct line with the administration’s priorities to support American manufacturing— greater efficiency fosters industrial development, greater competitiveness, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.”
The ENERGY STAR industrial program provides industry-specific energy benchmarking tools and other resources for 17 different types of manufacturing plants. These resources allow an industrial plant to compare its energy performance to others in the same industry and therefore establish meaningful energy performance goals. Plants from the automotive, baking, cement, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining sectors are among those that qualified in 2017.
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 the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program
Since 2006, the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program has annually certified manufacturing plants for reaching the top 25 percent of energy performance in their industries nationwide. Over 190 plants have achieved this distinction since 2006. For more information, see: www.energystar.gov/plants. For specific plant profiles, see: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist. To learn more about how ENERGY STAR and industry work together, see: www.energystar.gov/industry
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy costs—while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.