CalPortland has won the 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its commitment to high-level leadership in energy management. The award is presented to companies and organisations that play a leading role in energy efficiency and commitment to the Energy Star program.
The company reached a 16% improvement from a baseline year of 2003 for cumulative saving of $109m.
Allen Hamblen, CEO of CalPortland, said: “CalPortland is proud to receive its fourteenth consecutive Energy Star Award. As an Energy Star Partner since 1996, CalPortland remains committed to demonstrating and promoting energy efficiency within the construction materials and manufacturing industry. Our corporate energy management team and employees, continue to lead by example and advocate for innovative solutions that provide energy efficiency and cost reduction while reducing our company’s environmental impact. CalPortland is committed to solving tomorrow’s challenges today, through the advancement of sustainable materials and renewable technologies.”
Other key accomplishments include promoting energy management across the US cement industry through the CEO’s leadership of the trade association and an offer of the company’s assistance to others in the industry. In addition, it earned EPA’s Energy Star plant certification for two cement plants where one required extensive upgrades and energy improvements to qualify in less than two years. Calportland has replaced a fleet of ready mix concrete diesel trucks with 118 units that run on compressed natural gas with the intention of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7,435 tons per year. The company continues to invest in operations through plant hardware and computational fluid dynamic software to manage processes better while new methods for training employees and motivating them to manage energy in their work has also been implemented.