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 through the inclusion of a corporate energy reduction goal on the personal performance commitment of the company’s CEO. 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,
In 2010, Eastman set an aspirational goal of 25% improvement in energy intensity in ten years, with a baseline of 2008 — the year Eastman became an ENERGY STAR® partner. 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 a refined goal of 20% by 2020 that, while still an aspirational goal, takes into account our rich history of energy efficiency improvements. Through 2019, we’ve reduced energy intensity by 12.3%.
Eastman’s energy efficiency program continues to be recognized. Eastman, an eight-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner, was recognized in 2019 with these awards:
- Two Eastman buildings achieved ENERGY STAR® Certification.
- For the 26th consecutive year, Eastman received ACC energy efficiency awards, honoring five projects that have achieved distinction in reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions. Two of these projects received Exceptional Merit. Department of Energy selected an Eastman project as a Better Project Award winner which recognizes Better Plants partners for outstanding accomplishments in implementing industrial energy, water, and waste projects at individual facilities.
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 renewable energy but further emphasis on water conservation and reuse, recognizing the inextricable linkage between water and energy.
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