PPG Joins U.S. Department of Energy Save Energy
Now LEADER Program
December 11, 2009
PPG Industries announced it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's
Save Energy Now LEADER Program, reinforcing the company's voluntary
efforts to significantly reduce its industrial energy intensity.
In a Washington, D.C., ceremony on December 2, Victoria M. Holt,
PPG senior vice president, glass and fiber glass, and co-chair of
PPG's energy security and climate change committee, pledged to reduce
PPG's industrial energy intensity by 25 percent over the next decade.
Charter members of the program agreed to establish energy use and
energy intensity baselines and develop an energy-management plan
over the next 12 months (CLICK
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In December 2007, as part of its continued commitment to sustainable
practices, PPG set a goal to reduce its total energy intensity by
25 percent from 2006 to 2016. Energy intensity is the number of
million Btu per short ton of product manufactured. PPG says it is
currently on track to meet this intensity goal, and in fact reduced
its annual absolute global energy use by 5 percent in 2008.
"As part of our overall commitment to sustainable business
practices, PPG is partnering with the Department of Energy to further
our own energy-reduction goals and pursue greater energy efficiency
and cost reduction," Holt says. "We want to continue to
advance our leadership in sustainability and demonstrate best practices
for our peers, which will help to accelerate industry's efforts
as we continue to reduce our environmental impact."
According to the announcement, some of PPG's efforts to reduce
energy consumption include a $242 million, 425-megawatt cogeneration
power plant at its Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex that makes
the plant twice as fuel-efficient as similar-sized facilities operated
by electric utilities. Also, PPG says it was one of the first companies
to install oxygen-fuel furnace technology on float glass and fiberglass
production lines in North America and Europe. Today, this technology,
which PPG now licenses to glass manufacturers around the world,
reduces fuel consumption by 15 percent.
PPG is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate
Leaders program, which works with companies to develop comprehensive
climate-change strategies. In addition, PPG has been recognized
by the Climate Disclosure Project as a leader in emissions disclosure
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