The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Cemex USA a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Cemex’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony later this month in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2010.
Cemex USA, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2004, will be honored for strategic energy management and a commitment to save energy across its entire operation that resulted in significant energy and financial savings. This is the second year in a row that CEMEX USA has been named Partner of the Year. In 2009, Cemex reduced its overall energy intensity by 2.2 per cent as a result of its Energy Management Program using ENERGY STAR guidelines. Over 1.1 million MMBTUs were saved through such measures as commissioning two new cement lines using state-of-the-art vertical roller mills for finish grinding, replacing and repairing compressed air systems, and upgrading plant lighting.
This energy savings resulted in cutting 107,500Mt of CO2 emissions and is equal to providing electricity to 14,900 American homes for one year, or avoiding emissions from about 19,700 passenger vehicles.
“Our work through the ENERGY STAR program is a part of our commitment to sustainability. And, it’s achieving real results: for two years in a row, we have smartly managed our energy, reducing our usage and thereby cutting our CO2 footprint,” said Gilberto Perez, President of Cemex USA. “We are honoured that our achievements have caught the EPA’s eye and that we will continue to be industry leaders pushing the bar for sustainability.”