Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2023) - The Portland Cement Association (PCA), which represents the majority of America’s cement manufacturers, is pleased to announce 10 member-company plants have received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) distinguished ENERGY STAR certification for 2022.The designation is awarded to manufacturing plants in the top 25 percent of energy efficiency in the industrial sector.
“I want to congratulate PCA member companies for receiving this prestigious certification, and for devising new strategies to conserve energy and step up the U.S. cement industry’s profile as one that’s serious about minimizing its carbon footprint,” said PCA President and CEO Mike Ireland.
A total of 86 manufacturing plants from various industries was recognized, ranging from pharmaceuticals to manufacturers of auto parts. Combined, these facilities saved more than 105 trillion British thermal units of energy and prevented more than 6 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
“All PCA member companies are making headway in developing more energy-efficient and environmentally safer products and practices, as they are all participating in our Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, which is now in its second year,” Ireland said. “And with meaningful developments like these recognized by the EPA, I’m optimistic we’ll reach net zero sooner than expected.”
Manufacturing plants use EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance indicators to assess their energy performance. Plants that score a 75 out of 100 or higher — indicating that they are more energy-efficient than 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide — are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR certification is available for 20 manufacturing sectors, from cement and steel to glass and commercial bakeries.
“Industrial leadership in energy efficiency is critical to achieving our nation’s climate goals,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “The savings from ENERGY STAR certified plants demonstrate how energy efficiency is both helping our manufacturing sector reduce costs and propelling America’s transition to a clean energy future.”
Below is the complete list of PCA member company plants receiving EPA’s Energy Star certifications for 2022 (listed alphabetically by state):
Drake Cement, LLC, Paulden
Salt River Materials Group, Clarkdale
CEMEX USA, Miami
Titan America, Medley
Argos USA, Harleyville
GCC, Rapid City
Buzzi Unicem USA, Chattanooga
Titan America, Troutville
Ash Grove Cement, Seattle
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The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA supports sustainability, innovation, and safety while fostering continuous improvement in cement manufacturing, distribution, infrastructure, and economic growth. For more information, visit www.cement.org.