EPA Recognizes Saint-Gobain and its Subsidiary Verallia North America with
2013 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for Continued Leadership in
ENERGY STAR recognition and focus on energy conservation are a competitive
business advantage for Verallia North America and Saint-Gobain's other North
MUNCIE, Ind., March 26, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Saint-Gobain and Verallia North
America, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain and one of the leading glass container
manufacturers in the United States for foods and beverages, have been awarded
the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes
Saint-Gobain and Verallia North America's outstanding leadership in energy
management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Through Saint-Gobain
and its family of companies, the Company continues to be the only manufacturer
of glass containers or fiberglass insulation ever to receive the award.
"At Saint-Gobain, we feel a responsibility to lead by example as North
American businesses come together to face the urgent need to improve energy
efficiency," said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and its
largest North American subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. "Our 350-year
history is rooted in the innovation and manufacturing of construction
materials that enable people across the globe to live efficiently and
comfortably in a healthy environment – and that includes protecting our
natural resources here in North America in the 265 communities in which we
operate and in which our 19,000 employees live."
This is the fifth consecutive year that Verallia North America and
Saint-Gobain's other North American subsidiaries have been recognized by the
EPA with an ENERGY STAR Award. Saint-Gobain and its subsidiaries were awarded
the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010, and then attained
the prestigious level of Sustained Excellence in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The
accomplishments of Verallia North America and Saint-Gobain's other
subsidiaries will be recognized at an EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
on March 26.
"EPA is recognizing Saint-Gobainfor earning EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award -
the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,"said Bob
Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"Verallia North Americaleads the field with their commitment to energy
efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and
create a healthier environment."
The EPA is recognizing Saint-Gobain and Verallia North America for their
leadership in implementing a wide range of process improvements and energy
management practices over several years. Since 2008, Saint-Gobain has improved
energy intensity by 14.9 percent. In 2012, the Company's businesses in North
America, including Verallia North America, were able to reduce their energy
intensity (the amount of energy used to produce a unit of product) by 3.0
percent – equivalent to the amount of energy needed to make approximately 716
million typical glass containers. In addition, the energy savings achieved by
the Company equate to avoiding more than 90,503 tons of carbon dioxide
emissions last year.
Besides being the only manufacturer of glass containers to ever receive the
EPA's ENERGY STAR award, Verallia North America also operates the only three
glass container facilities that earned the ENERGY STAR Plant certification
from the EPA in 2012, placing them among the top 25 percent of similar
facilities nationwide in regard to energy efficiency performance levels set by
One of the areas in which Verallia North America continues to focus is on
increasing its use of recycled glass (cullet) to replace virgin raw materials.
Using cullet in the manufacturing process saves energy, reduces emissions,
including greenhouse gases, reduces roadway and waterway litter, and avoids
the need to use new raw materials. Verallia North America is working with its
suppliers to capture and recycle more cullet, and with government officials to
identify ways to improve waste stream recovery in order to increase cullet
"We are so pleased to be recognized by the EPA once again for our continued
commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations," said
Joseph R. Grewe, President and CEO of Verallia North America. "At Verallia
North America, we will continue to identify and implement best practices that
will enable us to further improve our energy efficiency."
About Verallia North America
Verallia North America, one of the leading glass container manufacturers in
the United States, designs, develops and produces glass bottles and jars for
the wine, beer, beverage, spirits and food containers markets. Verallia North
America has approximately 4,400 employees and operates 13 plants, a
state-of-the-art machine shop and a distribution center. In 2012, Verallia
North America manufactured approximately 9 billion glass bottles and jars and
had sales of $1.6 billion. For more information: www.us.verallia.com
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, has its North
American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in
sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than
265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9
billion in 2012.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012 and 2013
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for
outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy
efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit
www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in habitat markets, provides innovative
solutions to meet today's challenges of growth, energy efficiency, and
environmental protection. With 2012 sales of $55.5 billion, Saint-Gobain
operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees. For more
information about Saint-Gobain, please visit www.saint-gobain.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992
as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and
consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect
the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY
STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes,
and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit
www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
Gina Behrman, APR
Verallia North America
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
SOURCE Verallia North America
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