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ACC Announces 2013 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award Winners


Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512  
Email: Jennifer_Scott@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2013) – At the 2013 Responsible Care Conference and Expo this week, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored 17 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2012. ACC presented a total of 66 awards to these companies, 10 of which were deemed programs of “Exceptional Merit.” The total annual energy savings of the winning projects was 10.6 trillion BTUs, enough to power all the homes in a city the size of Bangor, Maine for a year.
 
The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC’s many ongoing initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

“Energy efficiency is a great way for companies to enhance sustainability while improving their bottom line,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “By implementing energy-saving programs and projects, we reduce energy costs and are better able to compete in today’s global marketplace.”

The use of chemistry in energy efficiency products and technologies save Americans up to $85 billion in energy costs every year. And a recent study by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) found that chemistry used in energy-saving building applications such as window and roofing coatings, insulation, piping and lighting could help achieve a 41 percent reduction in energy use and 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, when combined with a shift to lower-carbon fuels.

The 2013 Energy Efficiency Award winners were selected from the following five categories:

The “Energy Efficiency Program” award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition.

The “Significant Improvement in Manufacturing” award is given to companies that improve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions.

The “Environmental Impact” award is given for initiatives with substantial environmental benefits, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to improvements in energy efficiency.

The “Non-Manufacturing Improvement” award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy improvements.

The “Public Outreach” award is given for an effective program of involvement with the community regarding energy efficiency and related environmental impact activities.

Individual ACC member companies nominate specific projects for recognition under the award program. The judging committee that determined the winners is comprised of selected member companies from ACC’s Energy Team. The judging committee was joined by James Eggebrecht, professor of engineering and director of the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University, and additional experts in the field of energy efficiency.

The companies receiving awards in 2013 are:

  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Ashland Inc.
  • BASF Corporation
  • Carus Corporation
  • Celanese
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • DuPont
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • El Dorado, Nitrogen, L.P.
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation
  • SABIC
  • W.R. Grace & Co.

Award winners were announced and recognized at the opening of the 2013 Responsible Care Conference and Expo in Hollywood, Florida, May 5-8. For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.rcconference.org.

Following is a list of the 66 Energy Efficiency awards given. An asterisk (*) denotes an “Exceptional Merit” award designation.

Energy Efficiency Program – Corporate/Business Unit

  • BASF Corporation, Corporate Wide, for Corporate Energy Process*
  • The Dow Chemical Company, Corporate Wide, for Energy Efficiency Improvements of U.S. Olefins Crackers*

Energy Efficiency Program – Operating Unit

  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas, for Baytown Chemical Plant Butyl Energy Improvements
  • Marathon Petroleum Company, Louisiana Site, for LRD Heater Tube Seal Project

Energy Efficiency Program – Plant Site

  • BASF Corporation, Geismar, Louisiana Site, for Geismar TDI Plant Steam Optimization
  • BASF Corporation, Kankakee, Illinois Site, for Site Wide Energy Conservation
  • Carus Corporation, La Salle, Illinois Site, for Save Energy Now
  • Celanese, Acetyl Site, Pasadena, Texas, for CLK Energy Efficiency Program*
  • DuPont, Parlin, New Jersey Site, for Thermal Insulation Evaluation and Upgrade
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Baytown Chemical Plant Aromatics SWAT
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for Steam Cracker Energy Efficiency Upgrade*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Plant Projects, Maintenance and Optimizations*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Pensacola, Florida Site, for Specialty Elastomers Plant Improved Operational Efficiency
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Beaumont, Texas Site, for Chemical Plant Steam Team
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Ohio Refining Site, Canton, Ohio, for Comprehensive Energy Program
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Detroit, Michigan Site, for Focus on Energy
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, Bedford, Illinois, for Steamrollers
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, Gonzales Site, Geismar, Louisiana, for Electrical Efficiency Improvement Project
  • Ecolab Inc., Clearing Plant Site, Chicago, Illinois, for Energy Efficiency Initiative

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Operating Unit

  • The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas Site, for Rapid On-Line Acetylene Analysis for Hydrogenation Reactor Optimization*
  • DuPont, La Porte, Texas Site, for Refrigeration Improvement Initiative 
  • DuPont, Morris Mill, Delaware Site, for Catalyst Enables Morses Mill Sulfuric Acid Plant to Improve Efficiency
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for Evaporator Solids Control
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for Steam Recovery Project
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for Flashed Acid Project
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Paraxylene Unit Energy Optimizations
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Line 8 Energy Improvements
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for Aromatics Tower Re-trays for Energy Efficiency
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for Poly #5 Light Ends DMC
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Illinois Site, for Upgrade of the Crude Vacuum Furnace
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation, Battleground Plant, La Porte, Texas, for Chlor-Alkali Cell Part Upgrade
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation, OXYCHEM Plant, Convent, Louisiana, for Caustic Soda Substitute
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation, Wichita, Kansas Site, for Zero Gap Technology

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Plant Site

  • BASF Corporation, Peekskill, New York Site, for Peekskill Instrument and Control Upgrade
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for Complex Steam DMC
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for Olefins Maintrain DMC and RTO Revamp*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Mont Belvieu, Texas Site, for Flare Steam-Assist Optimization
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Beaumont, Texas Site, for Chemical Plant Header Pressure Reduction
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Steam Cushion Management

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Project

  • The Dow Chemical Company, Deer Park, Texas Site, for Acrylic Acid Purification
  • Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan Site, for Electrical Use Reduction
  • DuPont, Niagara, New York Site, for Argon Conservation Initiative
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for Cooling Tower Project
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for River Water Project/DC Chiller
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas Site, for Aromatics Extraction Unit Secondary Partial Feed Injection Point Relocation
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Site, for GT-601 Turbine Upgrade
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Beaumont, Texas Site, for Boiler Air Flow Rebalancing
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Beaumont, Texas Site, for Boiler Blowdown Reduction
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, Waterford, New York Site, for Distillation Interchanger
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation, Deer Park, Texas Site, for Boiler Replacement Project
  • SABIC Innovative Plastics, Ottawa, Illinois Site, for Boiler Economizer
  • SABIC Innovative Plastics, Mt. Vernon, Indiana Site, for Phenol Unit Process Waste Heat Recovery
  • SABIC Innovative Plastics, Washington, West Virginia Site, for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades via Repurposed Equipment

Environmental Impact – Plant Site

  • Albemarle Corporation, Magnolia, Arkansas Site, for Magnolia Energy, GHG: Reverse Osmosis Installation
  • Ashland, Franklin, Virginia Site, for Natural Gas Fired Boiler Installation*
  • El Dorado Nitrogen L.P., Baytown, Texas Site, for N20 Emissions Reduction
  • SABIC, Washington, West Virginia Site, for Water Reductions
  • SABIC, Burkville, Alabama Site, for Water Improvements

Environmental Impact – Project

  • W.R. Grace & Co., Lake Charles, Louisiana Site, for Increasing Specific Gravity

Non-Manufacturing Improvement – Corporate/Business Unit

  • The Dow Chemical Company, Corporate Wide, for Lighting Optimization*

Non-Manufacturing Improvement – Plant Site

  • Ashland Inc., Pine Bluffs Site, Savannah, Georgia, for Ashland Water Technologies 2012 New Plant Installation, Energy Savings Project*
  • The Dow Chemical Company, Edina, Minnesota Site, for FilmTec Corporation Site Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee Site, for LED Changes
  • SABIC, Selkirk, New York Site, for Lighting Improvements

Public Outreach – Project

  • DuPont, Parlin, New Jersey Site, for 1.3MW Solar Array
  • DuPont, Parlin, New Jersey Site, for Plant PV Remediation Offset


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