Celanese Corporation receives the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Of the 17 Industrial Partner of the Year Awards, Celanese is among four new winners, which is the first year the company is eligible for the award.
The EPA selects honorees through an application process from its more than 7,400 commercial and industrial Energy Star partners.
Celanese joined the ENERGY STAR program at the Partner level in November 2014.
In 2015, the company has driven environmental stewardship through continuous energy improvement with key initiatives including:
– Implemented more than 150 energy reduction projects saving more than US$17 million in energy costs;
– Converted from coal to a gas-fired steam boiler system resulting in substantial greenhouse gas, waste and air pollutant emission reductions at the company’s Narrows facility;
– Completed construction and start-up of an energy efficient methanol unit at the company’s Clear Lake, Texas facility with an annual capacity of 1.3 million mt that lowers the overall Celanese energy intensity;
– Added energy optimization operator dashboards in five facilities worldwide to improve operator energy engagement and optimize energy use;
– Used customized 20KEYS Energy Management System (EMS) in coordination with the Energy Star Management Assessment Matrix to evaluate EMS at Celanese sites;
– Held Energy Star ‘treasure hunts’ where employees identified more than 500 energy reduction opportunities and US$3 million in energy savings in four Mexico and US facilities.
The company’s focus on continuously reducing its environmental footprint is centered on reducing emissions, waste generation and energy consumption.
The efforts have lowered energy intensity across all manufacturing sites by more than 8% from 2010 to 2015, and by more than 29% since 2005.
There are more than 190 additional energy reduction projects identified for 2016 with estimated savings of approximately US$20 million.