02 May '11, 12pm

3M, Kodak, Merck Meet Energy Star Challenge with Efficiency Gains

3M, Kodak, Merck Meet Energy Star Challenge with Efficiency Gains

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenged manufacturers last year to improve energy efficiency at their facilities, 240 sites stepped up and committed to using the Energy Star program and its tools to increase efficiency by at least 10 percent within five years. Thirty-four facilities operated by 14 firms have already met or beat the challenge, and all but two of those 34 sites boosted energy efficiency beyond the 10-percent mark, the EPA said this week. Two 3M plants logged the highest percentage of improvement. The 3M site in Fairmont, Minn., improved energy efficiency by 33.4 percent from 2007 to 2010 and 3M's facility in Cumberland, Wisc., improved 28.4 percent during the same period. Other sites on the EPA's list of industry achievers include: Three plants operated by Intertape Polymer Corp ., which develops and makes plastic and paper packaging. The In...

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