For the second straight year, the California Portland Cement Company plant located in Mojave, Calif., has been recognized with one of the cement industry’s top honors for environmental excellence: the Energy Efficiency Award, a category of the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Environment and Energy Awards program. This is the first time in the six-year history of the awards program that a single plant earned the Energy Efficiency Award in consecutive years.The Environment & Energy Awards, presented by PCA and Cement Americas magazine, honor plants that go above and beyond local laws and government regulations for the industry. California Portland Cement Company had already earned numerous honors throughout its network of facilities for its commitment to environmental stewardship. To win the 2007 Energy Efficiency Award, the Mojave plant surpassed the high standards it had previously set by taking a comprehensive approach to addressing its environmental footprint.
To limit the natural resources used in the manufacturing process, the plant turned to wind power, an energy source as natural and as ancient as cement. California Portland Cement signed a 25-year contract with a wind energy company to reduce the Mojave plant’s overall environmental footprint by using emission-free energy. A first in the cement industry, a large portion of the power consumed at the plant will be from this renewable source. California Portland Cement also made it a priority to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and in 2006, the Mojave plant cut emissions by 31,247 metric tons.
California Portland Cement developed an industry outreach component of its environmental stewardship program to share its learnings among internal audiences. In 2006, the organization began providing company-wide training to raise awareness of best practices in environmental stewardship, including the Mojave plant’s industry-leading program to reduce emissions and save energy.
Following is a complete list of the energy-saving focus areas addressed by California Portland Cement’s Mojave plant in 2006:
- Compressed air
- Electrical and lighting systems
- Engineering and maintenance
- High efficiency process improvements
- Mechanical systems and drives
- Plant operations
- Public education
The California Portland Cement Company continues to lead the cement industry in environmental improvement. The Mojave facility’s actions to reduce its energy footprint and share its expertise in environmental stewardship have helped it earn a reputation as one of the most energy efficient cement plants in North America.
In addition to the Energy Efficiency award earned by California Portland Cement Company, awards were presented for excellence in Environmental Performance, Land Stewardship, Outreach and Innovation. For more information about additional Environment and Energy Award winners click here.