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, measurable targets.
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 reported in 2014, 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 2017, we’ve reduced energy intensity by 11.3%.
While Eastman’s energy management program is global and encompasses a multitude of projects and improvement efforts, in 2016 the team emphasized performance improvement at Eastman’s largest site in Kingsport, Tennessee, which uses almost 50% of the company’s energy. While projects were primarily identified in 2016, in 2017 Eastman focused on project execution and putting plans in place to make sure the gains were maintained. To promote the goal and ensure accountability, monthly reports on progress against a $6M savings goal were provided to the Manufacturing Council, led by Eastman’s Chief Manufacturing Officer. Eastman exceeded the goal with $7.7M.
Eastman’s energy efficiency program continues to be recognized. In 2018, Eastman was awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the seventh consecutive year and recognized with the Sustained Excellence Award for the fifth year. Other awards include:
- Eastman’s new Corporate Business Center received ENERGY STAR certification for 2018.
- Eastman’s Employee Center competed in the 2016 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP. It was recognized as “Top in Category” by achieving a 14% energy savings during the competition.
- Eastman’s Ghent, Belgium site was recognized for achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry goal by reducing energy intensity by more than 10% in a five-year period.
- In 2018, Eastman received five American Chemistry Council energy efficiency awards for the 25th consecutive year honoring projects that have achieved distinction in reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions.
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, recognizing the inextricable linkage between water and energy.