"Energy efficiency is critically important to reducing our footprint. And our partnership with ENERGY STAR has, in turn, helped us make big improvements in this area."
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Management Award. The award highlights the company’s outstanding efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its domestic facilities.
Owens Corning, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2004, will be honored for:
Reducing energy intensity by more than 3 percent per year for the past five years
Completing 77 energy projects for big savings in 2015, along with reducing energy use by 51,000 megawatt hours and the associated carbon emissions by 25,000 tons
Expanding its use of clean power through three renewable energy projects, including a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy and two wind power supply agreements for new installed capacity
Allotting and sustaining a capital funding pool dedicated to energy projects
Building an energy team for the organization with energy leaders at manufacturing facilities and several Certified Energy Managers (by the Association of Energy Engineers)
Implementing a system to share best energy management practices across the company
“Owens Corning continues to strive to be a net positive company, one where the positive impact of our people and our products – or our handprint – is larger than the footprint associated with our manufacturing operations,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer at the company. “Energy efficiency is critically important to reducing our footprint. And our partnership with ENERGY STAR has, in turn, helped us make big improvements in this area.
“Just when we think we’re nearing the end of the list of energy-saving ideas, our employees engage and we sustain the progress. At Owens Corning, we like to say ‘our people and products make the world a better place.’ Energy is a great example of putting that purpose into practice. We’re honored with the EPA award.”
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Owens Corning demonstrates how businesses and organizations can successfully incorporate ENERGY STAR into their corporate strategies to improve building and plant energy performance,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The role of Owens Corning in energy management is helping reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and preserve a healthy planet for future generations.”
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Learn more at energystar.gov.
About Owens Corning Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 15,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years.