"We created our Energy Team Initiative three years ago with the goal of improving energy efficiency at all sites," said Ernie Schutt, global director for operating capability for Koch Industries. "By working together and applying the guiding principles of our company's Market-Based Management business philosophy, team members have had measurable results in conserving energy and reducing the environmental effects of our processes."
With a diverse range of manufacturing processes and energy requirements at Koch companies, energy programs are independently developed at a site level. Best practices are shared through a network of energy team leaders and at the biennial Energy Leadership Conference.
One energy efficiency standout at the conference was an INVISTA fiber manufacturing plant located in Seaford, Del. Employees were recognized for a more than 20 percent reduction in the site's energy consumption during a two-year period. The site earned the award for implementing a number of improvement programs including: boiler conversion to natural gas and boiler feedwater pump replacement; wastewater treatment project; electrical distribution system consolidation; and improved procedures for shutdown of equipment during idle periods.
Other sites recognized for substantially reduced energy intensity and energy consumption:
INVISTA - LaPorte, Texas: "Sustained Energy Performance"
Georgia-Pacific - Monticello, Miss.: "Most Improved Site Energy Intensity Reduction"
Flint Hills Resources - Rosemount, Minn.: "Best Energy Innovation"
Georgia-Pacific - Camas, Wash.: "Outstanding Site Energy Program"
INVISTA - Gersthofen, Germany: "Outstanding Site Energy Program"
In addition, INVISTA's Maydown, U.K. site was recognized as a 2012 KII Environmental, Health and Safety Conference award recipient for outstanding energy performance and energy intensity reduction. Since 2009, the site has averaged a 10 percent yearly reduction in energy intensity.
About Koch Industries, Inc.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $45 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in nearly 60 countries, Koch companies employ about 60,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 people in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned a combined 564 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.