The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded CertainTeed Corporation the 2008 Save Energy Now Award, applauding the company’s efforts to reduce energy use at its manufacturing facility in Shreveport, LA.
Save Energy Now is a national initiative of the DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity in 10 years. Industrial companies can participate in no cost energy assessments and utilize ITP resources to reduce energy use while increasing profits.
Through the plant’s sustainable initiatives, CertainTeed has reduced the use of natural gas by 15% in the past year at the Shreveport plant. The majority of the savings were captured through the replacement of an old boiler and the integration of two smaller boilers that can be used independently and calibrated for the changing energy demand at the plant.
Home to 75 employees, the Shreveport plant produces CertainTeed’s Landmark roofing shingles, serving the south central region of the U.S.
“The recognition we have received from the Save Energy Now award program is a testament to our commitment and holistic approach to sustainability,” said Tony Arellano, plant manager of the Shreveport facility. “We are making great strides in reducing our impact on the environment, while developing products that are long lasting and help conserve the use of natural resources.”
Consisting of up to 89% pre- and post-consumer recycled content in many of its roofing products, CertainTeed is helping to divert more than 250,000 tons of slag, stone granule, corrugated mixed paper, and sludge from landfills each year. CertainTeed recycles nearly 90% of its roofing production waste into asphalt materials for road construction and integrates recycled content into many of its packaging materials, including corrugated rolls and kraft paper.