Saint-Gobain: ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for second year

Saint-Gobain has, for the second year in a row, has been named as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for outstanding energy management and reduction…

Saint-Gobain has, for the second year in a row, has been named as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. No other manufacturer of glass containers or fiberglass insulation has ever received the Partner of the Year award. The company will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on 18 March 2010. Saint-Gobain businesses in North America were, thanks to a wide range of energy-awareness programmes, process improvements, and energy management practices in 2009, able to reduce their energy intensity by 2.2%. This amount is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to manufacture almost 486 million glass bottles or enough fiberglass insulation for more than 100,000 residential homes. The company“s energy-use reduction is equal to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions released to the atmosphere of more than 70,000 tons in 2009. “We“re very proud of the contributions made by the employees throughout our organization which made this award possible,” said Gilles Colas, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in North America. “As world leader in building materials, energy efficiency is central to our “habitat“ business strategy. This is demonstrated in our strong focus on sustainable development and environmental responsibility in the products we supply and in our manufacturing processes. The Partner of the Year Award underscores our commitment to limiting the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes and protecting the health of the communities where we live and work.” “Saint-Gobain is leading the fight against climate change through greater energy efficiency,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation. “Saint-Gobain“s robust energy management programme is a model for others and affirms that energy efficiency is our most cost-effective climate strategy.” The 2010 Partner of the Year Awards recognize efforts in the efficient use of energy in facility operations, as well as the integration of superior energy management into overall organizational strategy. Award winners are selected from over 17,000 organizations that take part in the ENERGY STAR programme. ENERGY STAR was introduced in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. At present, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations.