Several CMTA Members Receive US EPA Awards Honoring Businesses Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 25, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On March 15th, several CMTA members were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for their contribution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through leadership in energy management.

Implemented in 1992, the ENERGY STAR program was introduced as a voluntary market-based partnership by the US EPA to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. With over 7,000 partners, the program has offered businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and to help protect the environment.

In 2004, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $10 million on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse emissions equivalent to 20 million vehicles.

The following CMTA members were recognized in the following categories:

Excellence in Energy Management
  • California Portland Cement Company was honored for sustaining smart energy management practices and investments throughout its operations including, compressed air optimization, motor management, lighting improvements, plant operations and maintenance programs among others.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. was recognized for reducing energy consumption per vehicle by 9.1 percent for vehicle assembly operations and 13.1 percent for engine manufacturing despite a continued increase in production. Since 1996, the company has reduced overall energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent.

Sustained Excellence
  • 3M was recognized for its continued commitment in finding new ways to deliver energy savings while protecting the environment. In 2004, 3M saved over $9 million through a management program that identified what needed to be done in order to close gaps between goals and current performance.

Excellence in Efficient Products
  • GE Consumer and Industrial was acknowledged for being a leading manufacturer of ENERGY STAR qualified appliances in 2004. Moreover, GE Consumer and Industrial increased sales of ENERGY STAR qualified washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and room air conditioners. They also were extremely involved in promoting ENERGY STAR information on their website, as well as participating in various training efforts, advertising and public relations campaigns.

Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Education
  • Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Gas Company* and San Diego Gas & Electric* (* both subsidiaries of Sempra Energy) were honored for their continual commitment in the implementation of the ENERGY STAR New Homes Program – which helped nearly 75,000 homes receive the ENERGY STAR label in California. Collectively they were able to target 50,000 professionals in the building industry and educate them about ENERGY STAR.

CMTA congratulates each company for their achievement and specifically for their continual dedication in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, education and the development of environmental friendly products.
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