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ACC Announces 2014 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award Winners


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

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2014) – At the 2014 Responsible Care Conference and Expo this week, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2013. ACC presented a total of 49 awards to these companies, 12 of which were deemed programs of “Exceptional Merit.”

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 fundamental to American chemistry,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “Applying innovation to deliver energy-saving solutions is a big part of what we do.  Managing energy efficiency in our companies and manufacturing facilities helps fulfill our commitment to sustainability.”

The 2014 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 2014 are:

  • Afton Chemical Corporation
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • BASF Corporation
  • Carus Corporation
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • DuPont
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • FMC Corporation
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation
  • SABIC

Award winners were announced and recognized at the opening of the 2014 Responsible Care Conference and Expo in Miami, Florida, May 4-7. For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.rcconference.org.

Following is a list of the 50 Energy Efficiency awards given. An asterisk (*) denotes an “Exceptional Merit” award designation.

Energy Efficiency Program – Corporate/Business Unit

  • BASF Corporation for “Corporate Energy Management Process”*

Energy Efficiency Program – Plant Site

  • BASF Corporation for “Nitrogen Optimization” at Manati, Puerto Rico
  • Carus Corporation for “U.S. Department of Energy ‘Save Energy Now’ Initiative” at Peru, Illinois*
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP for “Continuous Improvement Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption” at Conroe, Texas*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Olefins Plant Continuous Energy Improvement” at Baytown, Texas*
  • Ecolab Inc. for “LMAS Utilization Improvement Project” at Chicago, Illinois
  • SABIC for “Zero Cost” at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Energy Efficiency Program – Operating Unit

  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Baton Rouge Aromatics Energy Efficiencies” at Houston, Texas*

Energy Efficiency Program – Project

  • SABIC for “R3 Precip Preheater” at Mt. Vernon, Indiana

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Plant Site

  • Albemarle Corporation for “South Haven HP Blower” at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • DuPont for “Recovery of Heat from Wasted Condensate and Elimination of Condensation Induced Water Hammer*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Utilities Optimization and Planning Supervisor” at Houston, Texas
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “TDU Line Flush” at Baytown, Texas*
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Eliminating Compressor Washes” at Gregory, Texas

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Operating Unit

  • BASF Corporation for “Anone II Advanced Process Control” at Freeport, Texas
  • DuPont for “Re-Designed Wastewater Column” at Beaumont, Texas*
  • DuPont for “Refrigeration Machine Condenser” at Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Eastman Chemical Company for “ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and Certification” at Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Eastman Chemical Company for “6 Flash Column” at Kingsport, Tennessee
  • Eastman Chemical Company for “B244 Traps” at Kingsport, Tennessee
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Product Distillation DMC” at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Minimum Reflux Reduction” at Beaumont, Texas
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Dynamic Matrix Control (DMC) Energy Reduction” at Baytown, Texas*
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Aromatics AXU Added Lean Solvent Reduction” at Baytown, Texas
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Single Train Mode of Operation to Reduce Steam Usage” at Baytown, Texas*
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Lower Total Power Consumption” at Wichita, Kansas
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Hydrogen Recovery” at Wichita, Kansas
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Lower Total Power Consumption” at Hahnville, Louisiana
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Power Savings Via Improved Cell Efficiency” at Niagara Falls, New York

Significant Improvement in Manufacturing – Project

  • BASF Corporation for “Pasadena Soy Flare Optimization” at Pasadena, Texas
  • The Dow Chemical Company for “New N3 Refrigeration Machines” at Deer Park, Texas
  • Eastman Chemical Company for “15 in HOPr Service” at Kingsport, Tennessee
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Olefins BPU Condensate Recovery Optimization” at Baytown, Texas
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “Baton Rouge Complex Steam Real Time Optimization” at Houston, Texas*
  • FMC Corporation for “Precipitator Optimization” at Granger, Wyoming
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings for “Replacement of Joy Compressor” at Argo, Illinois
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation for “Treating Wastewater Stream” at Pasadena, Texas
  • SABIC for “Installation of Advanced Process Controller on Specials Dryer” at Mt. Vernon, Indiana
  • SABIC for “Right-Sizing Strand Dryer and Culture Change” at Ottawa, Illinois

Environmental Impact – Plant Site

  • Afton Chemical Corporation for “New Air Pollution Control System” at Bedford Park, Illinois
  • Dow Corning Corporation for “Thermal Heat Recovery Oxidation (THROx) Process” at Midland, Michigan
  • The Lubrizol Corporation for “Water Re-Use” at Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings for “Implementing VFD at the WWTP” at Lakeland, Florida

Non-Manufacturing Improvement – Corporate/Business Unit

  • SABIC for “Data Center Energy Efficiency Improvements” at Pittsfield, Massachusetts*

Non-Manufacturing Improvement – Plant Site

  • BASF Corporation for “Building 53 HVAC Optimization” at Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Dow Chemical Company for “MiOps ReFlux, Building Champions to Assess Conservation” at Midland, Michigan
  • Eastman Chemical Company for “Shut Down Two Hydrogen Plant Natural Gas Compressors” at Kingsport, Tennessee
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company for “LED Lighting Installation” at Baytown, Texas

Public Outreach – Plant Site

  • The Lubrizol Corporation for “Energy Reduction Projects” at Bowling Green, Ohio


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