Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a leader in energy conservation,
has been recognized for excellence in energy efficiency by the American
Chemistry Council (ACC). The ACC awarded Dow with five Responsible Care
awards for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. Two of the
five projects received additional recognition for exceptional merit.
"Dow leads the world in innovations that reduce energy use and
greenhouse gas emissions, such as building insulation, light-weighting
technology for vehicles and components that harness wind and solar
power," said George Biltz, corporate vice president and business vice
president for Energy and Climate Change at Dow. "We have also long been
recognized as a pioneer and leader in industrial energy conservation. We
are extremely proud of these excellent examples of how Dow continues to
be at the forefront in driving energy solutions, creating competitive
advantage along the way."
As an example of Dow's leadership in energy efficiency, the Company has
reduced its energy intensity by 40 percent since 1990, saving $24
billion and 5,200 trillion Btu--roughly equivalent to the annual energy
consumption of 20 million homes. As a result of Dow's energy efficiency
efforts, the Company has also avoided over 270 million tons of
greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. This is equivalent to the annual
emissions of more than 16 million households.
Following are the award-winning Dow energy efficiency projects:
St. Charles Operations at Hahnville, Louisiana -improved the
energy efficiency of its olefin unit's flaring operation by 45%,
saving 555,481 Btu/year. The facility produces basic building-block
and intermediate chemicals that are used in thousands of everyday
household, business and consumer products. This project was also
recognized with an Exceptional Merit Award.
Ringwood, Illinois, an operating site that manufactures
materials for packaging, adhesives as well as laminates, cut its
energy consumption by 56,000 MMBtu/year from 2010 to 2011 by
optimizing the utility footprint of the site.
Texas Operations in Freeport, Texas implemented a new reactor
design to manufacture low density polyethylene (LDPE) that reduces
process energy intensity by 11 percent and saves 67,200 MMBtu/year.
Low density polyethylene is used in a variety of applications
including plastic bags, food containers and laboratory equipment. This
project was also recognized with an Exceptional Merit Award.
Texas City Operations, in Texas City, Texas, through hydrogen
enrichment of a flare stream, reduced its energy consumption by 60%,
with an annual savings of 50,000 MMBtu/year. The conversion from
natural gas to hydrogen enrichment using Dow's patented process
decreases the supplemental fuel requirement and energy used, while
reducing the amount of greenhouse gases generated.
Texas City Operations, by optimizing flare fuel gas, will
create energy savings of 155,000 MM Btu/year, a 28% reduction in fuel
gas use, in its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant flare. VAM is an
essential chemical building block used in a wide variety of industrial
and consumer products such as adhesives, coatings, textiles and wire
and cable polyethylene compounds.
Dow's energy efficiency initiatives were chosen out of 73 projects
submitted from 19 member companies. Only 12 of the submissions were
chosen as exceptional merit winners.
Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately
innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects
chemistry and innovation with the principles
of sustainability to help address many of the world's most
challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy
generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.
Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical,
advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a
broad range of technology-based products
to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors
such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011,
Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000
people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are
manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe.
St. Charles Operations and Texas City Operations are owned and operated
by Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow
Responsible Care is a trademark of the American Chemistry Council
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