EPA Recognizes Saint-Gobain's Leadership in Energy Conservation with ENERGY
STAR Award for Sixth Consecutive Year; Fourth Year at Sustained Excellence
ENERGY STAR recognition helps building materials manufacturer gain a
competitive business advantage and set precedent for future
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- April 3, 2014
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, announces it has
been awarded the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the fourth consecutive
year. The award recognizes Saint-Gobain’s outstanding leadership in energy
management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy
efficiency. Saint-Gobain is the first and only manufacturer of glass
containers or fiberglass insulation ever to receive the award.
“At Saint-Gobain, we strive to be a good example of a 21^st century
manufacturing business by practicing and consistently working to reduce our
energy usage at our more than 130 plants throughout North America,” said John
Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and its North American construction
materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. “As a company that manufactures
products that help consumers live more energy-efficient, comfortable and
healthy lives, it's important to us that the process in which we make these
products reflects our end goal.”
The 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winners are selected
from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. The
award is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited
outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse
gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing
innovative energy-efficiency approaches.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Saint-Gobain and its North American
subsidiaries have been recognized by the EPA with an ENERGY STAR Award.
Saint-Gobain was first 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, 2013 and 2014. Saint-Gobain’s accomplishments and long-term
commitment to energy efficiency will be recognized at an EPA awards ceremony
in Washington, D.C., on April 29.
“Saint-Gobain has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2014 Partner of
the Year – Sustained Excellence Award – because of their unwavering commitment
to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient,” said Bob
Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA is recognizing Saint-Gobain for its leadership in implementing a wide
range of process improvements and energy management practices over several
years. Since 2008, the company has improved energy intensity by 17 percent.
In 2013, Saint-Gobain businesses in North America were able to reduce their
energy intensity (the amount of energy used to produce a unit of product) by
2.1 percent – equivalent to the amount of energy required to produce
approximately 488 million typical glass containers or the energy required to
make enough shingles for new roofs on over 700,000 typical houses or the
energy used to provide insulation for about 100,000 typical homes. In
addition, the energy savings achieved by the Company equate to avoiding more
than 70,957 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year.
“We are deeply honored to be recognized by ENERGY STAR for our contributions
for the sixth year in a row,” continued Crowe. “This recognition represents
the impact made by all of our family of companies in North America consisting
of more than 19,000 employees and serves as a reminder of what we can
accomplish when we work together to continually improve our practices and the
products we manufacture to ultimately help create a more energy-efficient
future for all.”
Editor’s Note: For two infographics detailing Saint-Gobain’s energy savings,
please visit http://bit.ly/1lzNMdZ and http://bit.ly/OaItmC (Please credit
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 2013.
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, 2013 and
2014 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 the habitat and construction markets,
designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative
solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental
protection. With 2013 sales of $55.8 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64
countries and has approximately 187,000 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. 16,000 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).
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