Saint-Gobain wins EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Second Straight Year
March 3, 2010

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Saint-Gobain as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Saint-Gobain's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2010.

According to the announcement, through a wide range of energy-awareness programs, process improvements and energy management practices in 2009, Saint-Gobain businesses in North America were able to reduce their energy intensity by 2.2 percent--equivalent to the amount of energy needed to make nearly 486 million glass bottles or enough fiber glass insulation for more than 100,000 typical U.S. homes. The company's energy-use reduction equated to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions released to the atmosphere of more than 70,000 tons last year.

"We're very proud of the contributions made by the employees throughout our organization which made this award possible," says Gilles Colas, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in North America. "As the 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," says Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "Saint-Gobain's robust energy management program is a model for others and affirms that energy efficiency is our most cost-effective climate strategy."

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