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EPA Recognizes Verallia with ENERGY STAR® Award for Continued Leadership in Energy Conservation
MUNCIE, Ind. – Verallia North America, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain and a leading producer of glass containers in the U.S., has been awarded the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
“This continued recognition by the EPA is a true testament to our ongoing commitment to operate in a sustainable manner,” said Joseph R. Grewe, President and CEO of Verallia North America. “We will continue to identify and implement best practices across our company that will enable us to further reduce energy consumption.”
Overall, this is the fourth consecutive year that Verallia and Saint-Gobain’s other North American businesses 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 attained the prestigious level of Sustained Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Verallia continues to be the only manufacturer of glass containers to be honored by the EPA.
The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes consistent efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations and to integrate superior energy management into overall organizational strategy. Award winners are selected from organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. The accomplishments of Verallia and Saint-Gobain’s other businesses will be recognized at an EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15.
“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Saint-Gobain with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Verallia and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health and our future.”
The EPA is recognizing Saint-Gobain and Verallia for leadership in implementing a wide range of process improvements and energy management practices over several years. Since 2008, Saint-Gobain has improved energy intensity (the amount of energy used to produce a unit of product) by 11.9 percent. In 2011, the company’s subsidiaries in North America, including Verallia, were able to reduce their energy intensity by 3.6 percent –equivalent to the amount of energy needed to make approximately 836 million typical glass containers. In addition, the energy savings achieved equate to avoiding more than 116,063 tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year.
As part of its overall business strategy, Verallia has established various environmental objectives for its business, including the reduction of carbon dioxide and other air emissions, water consumption and waste. A vital element in helping achieve these objectives is the need to increase the availability of recycled glass, called cullet. Using cullet in the manufacturing process reduces energy usage, saves raw materials, and results in further decreased emissions. Verallia is working with its suppliers and government officials to identify ways to increase cullet availability.
About Verallia North America
Verallia North America, the second-largest glass container manufacturer in the United States, designs, develops and produces bottles and jars for the wine, beer, beverage, spirits and food container markets. Verallia North America operates 13 plants, two sales offices and a state-of-the-art distribution center. For more information about Verallia North America, visit www.us.verallia.com.
Verallia, the second-largest global manufacturer of glass containers for the food and beverage industry, provides innovative, customized and eco-friendly packaging solutions for approximately 10,000 customers worldwide. As the leading global supplier of glass packaging for wines, spirits and food, with a strong presence in the beer and non-alcoholic beverage markets, Verallia manufactured approximately 25 billion glass bottles and jars in 2011. Verallia’s business model is built upon the combination of the strength of its worldwide network (industrial presence in 14 countries, commercial presence in 47 countries, and six research and innovation centers) and the proximity maintained with customers by its approximately 15,500 employees. In 2011, Verallia had net sales of €3.6 billion. For more information about Verallia, visit www.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 $7.7 billion in 2011. For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.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. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. 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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Note: For an info-graphic detailing Saint-Gobain’s energy savings, visit: http://tinyurl.com/6wbva9v (Please credit Saint-Gobain).
Craig M. Koven
Verallia North America
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
Saint-Gobain North America