Cemex USA announced today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have awarded three of its US cement manufacturing plants the 2010 Energy Star(®) for their superior energy performance. Cemex’s in Clinchfield, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; and Demopolis, Ala. received the 2010 ENERGY STAR(®).
The award recognsies the efficient cement manufacturing processes and performance at each of these cement plants. So far, the EPA and DOE have only awarded five ENERGY STAR(®) awards for individual cement plants in the US for 2010, and Cemex’s plants have received three of them. Cemex USA was also recently awarded the EPA’s Energy Star (®) 2010 Partner of the Year Award for its work in managing its energy and cutting greenhouse gases company-wide. This is the second consecutive year it has achieved this Partner of the Year honor and received the award at a ceremony in March in Washington, D.C.
Cemex’s Clinchfield, Louisville, Demopolis, and Wampum, Pa. plants received the 2009 Energy Star(®). In 2008, its Clinchfield, Louisville, Wampum, Davenport, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn. cement facilities received the award – this was the most cement plants selected for any one company in the US. In addition, Cemex’s Clinchfield, Davenport and Louisville plants were awarded the Energy Star(®) in 2007.
Over the last year, the plants conducted compressed air system surveys to identify leaks, installed more efficient motors, completed staff energy training programs, upgraded lighting systems with motion sensors, increased the use of permitted and authorised alternative fuels, reduced equipment idle times, performed process inspections, and conducted audits to reduce unnecessary power usage. All three plants implemented measures to improve their energy use performance.