We are mindful that our manufacturing processes require large amounts of energy, which is why we are committed to implementing innovative solutions to maximize efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is a critical component of our sustainability strategy, as evidenced by aggressive GHG goals of which energy efficiency provides a significant contribution. Our commitment pays off — it delivers financial savings to our business and reduces our environmental footprint. Reducing our energy use and emissions is an ongoing effort around which we have clear,
As a U.S. Department of Energy Better Plants Challenge Partner, Eastman’s Worldwide Energy Management team worked with the Department of Energy, and the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs to develop an aspirational goal of 20% improvement in energy intensity. The baseline year of 2008 was chosen – the year Eastman became an ENERGY STAR Partner. Through 2020, we’ve reduced energy intensity by 13%.
Eastman’s energy efficiency program continues to be recognized. Multiple projects are highlighted on the Department of Energy’s Better Plants website as Showcase Projects. In 2020, for the 27th consecutive year, Eastman received American Chemistry Council energy efficiency awards, honoring seven projects that have achieved distinction in reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions. Two of these projects received Exceptional Merit.
With the company’s increased focus on innovation, the energy team continues to implement innovative approaches to natural resource management, signified by the restructuring of Eastman’s energy management program in 2016 to become the global natural resource management program. The scope of the program now includes not only an increased focus on energy efficiency improvements but further emphasis on water conservation and reuse, recognizing the inextricable linkage between water and energy.
The company’s process, design, and engineering teams are working to increase Eastman’s energy efficiency and reduce its GHG emissions by innovating and incorporating energy efficiency projects, process transformation projects, employing renewable energy options, and exploring and evaluating breakthrough energy technologies. An energy workstream has been created as part of the company’s operations transformation program which provides additional rigor and focus with increased visibility to and engagement of upper management within the company.
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