March 29, 2023 Washington, DC -- The Portland Cement Association (PCA), which represents the majority of America’s cement manufacturers, has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2023 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award. It’s the fourth consecutive year PCA has been recognized by the federal agencies for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to energy efficiency.
“We’re honored to receive this award and appreciate that our industry’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint have been acknowledged by federal regulators these last four years”, said Mike Ireland, PCA President and CEO.
“For decades, our member companies have invested heavily in research and state-of-the-art technology to develop alternative fuels, lower-carbon cements, as well as different manufacturing processes and products that are better for the environment. But it’s clear that the launch of PCA’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in 2021 has put us on an innovative path that will lead us and our partners in the concrete and construction industries to net zero by 2050, if not sooner”, Ireland said.
Two PCA member companies also won Energy Star Partner awards. CalPortland marks its 19th consecutive win this year, and this is the sixth year in a row that CEMEX USA has received the honor.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said, “As we accelerate historic efforts to address climate change, public-private partnerships will be essential to realizing the scale of our ambition. I applaud this year’s ENERGY STAR award winners for working with EPA to deliver a clean energy future that saves American consumers and businesses money and creates jobs.”
For more than 30 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has supported the transition to a clean energy economy by fostering innovation, jobs, and economic development, while protecting public health. ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped save American families and businesses more than 520 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $42 billion in energy costs in 2020 alone.
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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.