The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CalPortland the National 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. CalPortland received ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for advancing comprehensive energy management across its energy value chain. Key accomplishments include:
- Reducing overall energy intensity by 4.6 percent, resulting in the prevention of nearly 33,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and decreasing absolute energy consumption by 1.1 TBtu, a 14 percent reduction over the previous year. Since 2007, the company has improved energy intensity by 10.6 percent.
- Conducting 144 energy efficiency projects expected to save more than 21 million kWh or an estimated $2.3 million per year.
- Being instrumental in engaging the ready mix industry in ENERGY STAR and supporting the development of energy management tools to aid this industry.
- Promoting the value of strategic energy management practices and ENERGY STAR to more than 139,000 individuals through the sponsorship of community events, plant tours, open houses, school presentations, and the company's annual Energy Management Summit.
The company actively participates in ENERGY STAR’s cement industry focus and ranks its cement plants’ energy efficiency nationally using the ENERGY STAR energy performance indicator. The 46 Sustained Excellence winners have continued to exhibit leadership year after year in the Energy Star program while remaining dedicated to environmental protection through energy efficiency. 2011 Sustained Excellence award winners include 3M, Bosch Home Appliances, Ford, GE, J.C. Penney, KB Home, Lowe’s, and PepsiCo.