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-Gobain for 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 America leads 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 the EPA.