Fleet management helps CalPortland coast to record Energy Star award streak

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA will honor leading West Coast cement, ready mixed and aggregate producer CalPortland with the 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, March 26 in Washington, D.C.

An Energy Star partner since 1996, the company broadened energy management beyond the cement plant level to product transport—tracking truck fuel usage, managing delivery routes, and minimizing idling time, among vehicle efficiency optimization efforts. Fleet and plant management efforts led to the company’s ninth consecutive national Energy Star award, the seventh in a row for maintaining Sustained Excellence.

In addition to fleet management, EPA is recognizing CalPortland for a) promotion of best operating practices among peer operators by supporting Energy Star Focus on Energy Efficiency in Cement and Concrete Manufacturing; b) benchmarking cement plant energy with parent company operations in Japan to develop “best in class” process targets; c) executing energy-saving capital improvements and process optimizations clipping demand and consumption 1,000 kW and 9 million kWh, respectively; and, d) coordinating with utilities, other manufacturers and EPA staff to host a well-subscribed Los Angeles region meeting to introduce local manufacturers to industrial energy management resources.

“CalPortland is committed to helping to protect the environment through our energy management program and sustainability practices,” says CEO Allen Hamblen. “[The] long standing partnership with Energy Star emphasizes our organization’s commitment to energy efficiency. We understand the value energy management provides to our company as well as to our environment.”

“CalPortland leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment,” adds Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe.