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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