November 16, 2018, Glendora, CA – CalPortland is proud to announce that three ready mixed concrete plants have achieved the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. These facilities have worked diligently to reduce their respective energy intensities by dramatically exceeding the minimum energy reduction requirement of 10% established by the program. By doing so, these plants are helping to clean-up our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy consumption.
By achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge, CalPortland’s El Segundo, CA; Longview, WA; and Woodland, WA ready mixed concrete plants continue to demonstrate excellent corporate social responsibility to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. “Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry continues to demonstrate CalPortland’s commitment to strong energy management practices that produce results for the environment and the community”, said Allen Hamblen, President/CEO of CalPortland.
Carbon dioxide equivalent or CO2e is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact. Energy reduction actions by each of the three facilities are identified below along with their corresponding CO2e reduction:
The El Segundo, CA Ready Mix plant reduced its energy intensity by 35% with annual avoided CO2e of 104 metric tons.
- Lighting upgrade to LED lights throughout the entire facility
The Longview, WA Ready Mix plant reduced its energy intensity by 25.9% with annual avoided CO2e of 190 metric tons.
- Installed hot water holding tank which cut down diesel consumption for boiler operation by 25% to 50%
- Completed full LED lighting upgrade.
The Woodland, WA Ready Mix plant reduced its energy intensity by 34.7% with annual avoided CO2e of 119 metric tons.
- Upgraded all light to LED lighting
- Upgraded to heat pump system from a natural gas furnace.
The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency of America’s manufacturers by 10% or more. By taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge, manufacturing sites set a goal to reduce their energy intensity by 10% within 5 years.
CalPortland Company was honored earlier in the year as it was awarded its fourteenth consecutive ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR – Sustained Excellence Award for 2018. The repeated attainment of this prestigious award due to the company’s dedication to energy management by its employees is a feat that has never been matched by any U.S. industrial company.
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 bills —while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.
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.