PCA: Ten Member Plants Earn Energy Star Certification

Ten Portland Cement Association (PCA) member-company plants received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star certification for 2022. The designation is awarded to manufacturing plants in the top 25% of energy efficiency in the industrial sector. 

“I want to congratulate PCA member companies for receiving this prestigious certification, and for devising new strategies to conserve energy and step up the U.S. cement industry’s profile as one that’s serious about minimizing its carbon footprint,” said PCA President and CEO Mike Ireland.

A total of 86 manufacturing plants from various industries was recognized, ranging from pharmaceuticals to manufacturers of auto parts. Combined, these facilities prevented more than 6 million metric tons of carbon emissions.  

“All PCA member companies are making headway in developing more energy-efficient and environmentally safer products and practices, as they are all participating in our Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, which is now in its second year,” Ireland said. “And with meaningful developments like these recognized by the EPA, I’m optimistic we’ll reach net zero sooner than expected.” 

Manufacturing plants use EPA’s Energy Star energy performance indicators to assess their energy performance. Plants that score a 75 out of 100 or higher — indicating that they are more energy-efficient than 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide — are eligible to earn Energy Star certification. Energy Star certification is available for 20 manufacturing sectors, including cement.  

Below is the complete list of PCA member-company plants that received Energy Star certifications for 2022:

  • Drake Cement, Paulden, Ariz.
  • Salt River Materials, Clarkdale, Ariz.
  • GCC, Pueblo, Colo.
  • CEMEX USA, Miami, Fla.
  • Titan America, Medley, Fla.
  • Argos USA, Harleyville, S.C.
  • GCC, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Buzzi Unicem USA, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Titan America, Troutville, Va.
  • Ash Grove Cement, Seattle, Wash.

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