Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that nine more of its global manufacturing facilities exceeded energy efficiency goals set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry program. Corning now has 27 facilities that have achieved Challenge for Industry designation.
“Hundreds of companies across the country are improving the efficiency of their manufacturing plants while reducing carbon emissions with ENERGY STAR,” said Jean Lupinacci, director of the EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “The actions of companies like Corning and others in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry set strong examples for others to follow and demonstrate there are real opportunities for energy savings. Through their achievements, these companies have saved a tremendous amount of energy, money, and carbon emissions.”
To meet the challenge, industrial sites must increase energy efficiency by at least 10% in five years or less. Nine Corning manufacturing sites representing four businesses which raised their energy efficiency by ranges of 10% to 46% in five years or less include:
- Corning Environmental Technologies: Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Kaiserslautern, Germany
- Corning Life Sciences: Bedford, Massachusetts; Salt Lake City, Utah; Warsaw, Poland
- Corning Specialty Materials: Fairport, New York; Keene, New Hampshire
- Corning Optical Communications: Gebze, Turkey; Haikou, China
“Our Global Energy Management (GEM) teams around the world have shown tremendous dedication in looking for new and innovative ways to save energy and water,” said Patrick Jackson, director, GEM. “Each site should be proud of its efforts in energy management and for achieving the Challenge for Industry.”
Corning’s GEM program is a key contributor to the company’s sustainability commitment to protect the environment through pioneering innovation and continuous improvement of its processes, products, and services.
To meet energy-saving goals, Corning’s GEM program researches and implements projects and programs at each of Corning’s manufacturing plants worldwide. GEM’s multifaceted strategy includes manufacturing process innovation and facility design. Additionally, it maximizes energy efficiencies in the plant and through the supply chain and promotes the importance of saving energy.
Some projects contributing to Corning facilities achieving Challenge for Industry goals include:
- Replacing thousands of light bulbs with LEDs in production areas and office spaces, resulting in a combined savings of more than $174,000 (Kaiserslautern, Salt Lake City, Keene, Gebze, Haikou, and Warsaw)
- Upgrading and adjusting HVAC systems to be more energy efficient, saving nearly $50,000 (Fairport, Salt Lake City, and Gebze)
- Installing recycling systems that saved nearly 3.5 million gallons of water (Fairport and Keene)
- Installing energy efficient water and cooling pumps resulting in more than $175,000 in savings (Kaiserslautern and Haikou)
Since Corning’s GEM program launched in 2006, Corning has increased its energy productivity by 35% and saved more than $550 million. Additionally, Corning has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the past six years (2014-2019).
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.