Eight Corning Sites Named EPA Challenge for Industry Achievers
Corning Inc. announced recently that eight of its manufacturing facilities around the world have achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry recognition, individually reducing energy intensity ranging from 10.8-42%.
“We are continually finding new ways to reduce the energy we use in our facilities around the world, which reduces our carbon footprint,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, president and CEO. “Our eight achieving sites demonstrate that we’re implementing effective strategies that have a positive impact on both the company and the environment, honoring our commitment to be good corporate citizens.”
The eight facilities represent five of Corning’s business segments: Display Technologies, Specialty Materials, Environmental Technologies, Life Sciences, and Optical Communications. To meet the challenge, industrial sites had to reduce energy intensity by at least 10% in five years or less. All eight of Corning’s sites achieved the goal within two years. To attain energy-saving goals, Corning’s Global Energy Management (GEM) program developed an energy-management strategy that included facility improvements and process efficiency, and incorporated energy-conscious activities into its innovation program. The strategy included installing LED lighting, using more efficient equipment, changing set points, maximizing asset utilization, and reducing compressed air leakage.
“Hundreds of companies across the country are making their industrial sites more efficient and reducing carbon emissions with ENERGY STAR,” said Jean Lupinacci, director of the EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “The actions of companies like Corning and others in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry set strong examples for others to follow. Through their achievements, these companies have collectively saved more than 60 trillion British thermal units—a tremendous accomplishment!”
The following Corning facilities met the EPA’s Challenge for Industry: Corning Environmental Technologies heavy-duty diesel facilities in Erwin, N.Y., Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Shanghai, China; Corning Optical Communications facilities in Concord, N.C., and Shanghai, China; Corning Display Technologies facility in Harrodsburg, K.; Corning Specialty Materials facility in Canton, N.Y.; and Corning Life Sciences facility in Wujiang, China.
Since Corning created its GEM program in 2006, the company has earned recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2014 and 2015, delivered more than $421 million in savings, cut Corning’s greenhouse gas emissions by 1.79 million metric tons (equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from approximately 163,300 homes in the U.S. over a one-year period), and made a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013 to increase energy productivity by an additional 15% by 2020 (and is on its way to achieving this goal).
“Winning the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year two years in a row shows the GEM program is making terrific progress, and having Challenge for Industry achievers is just the icing on the cake,” said Patrick Jackson, director of Corning’s GEM program. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the efforts of our employees, and we’ll continue to work toward GEM’s goal to become a world-class energy management program. We hope to make every one of our sites ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry achievers.”
For more information, visit www.corning.com.