SOURCE: Eastman Chemical CompanyDESCRIPTION:
KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Eastman Chemical Company was one of 16 American Chemistry Council (ACC) members honored at the annual ACC Responsible Care® Conference and Expo for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2013.
Eastman received 5 of the 50 awards presented for outstanding projects, marking the 21st consecutive year the company has earned energy efficiency awards from ACC.
“Eastman is honored to be recognized again by ACC for the commitment of Eastman’s men and women to improve efficiencies and operate sustainably,” said Joe Davis, vice president, health, safety, environmental and security (HSES) and assistant general counsel. “As a Responsible Care company, Eastman takes environmental stewardship seriously. We continue to focus our efforts on reducing energy costs and emissions through innovative technology and process improvements.”
Eastman’s Tennessee Operations in Kingsport, Tennessee received awards for the following projects:
Eliminate Natural Gas Compressors – By tying in to a nearby header with higher pressure natural gas, two compressors were able to be shut down. This equates to an annualized energy savings of 24,395 MMBtus and a reduction of 1,465 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Building Energy Reduction – Through use of an ENERGY STAR® tool called Portfolio Manager, the ENERGY STAR competition Battle of the Buildings, improvement projects, and a focus on employee energy awareness, three office buildings had an average Energy Use Intensity reduction of 28% and became ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings. These combined efforts resulted in annual energy savings of 2,125 MMBtus and reduced greenhouse gas emissions of 128 tons.
Energy Optimization of Flash Column – Installation of an orifice to direct product stream toward a feed stream-cooled condenser reduced the amount of steam needed to heat the process. As a result, annual savings total 23,547 MMBtus and a reduction of 1,377 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Minimization of Acid Reprocessing – An existing column was configured to run in an alternate service during an outage of another column which prevented the product stream from having to be reprocessed. This achieved annual energy savings of 64,500 MMBtus and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 3,775 tons.
Change in Trap Type for Base Heaters – Reliability issues with existing traps required blow-down valves to be left open resulting in lost steam and condensate. Changing to a different trap design eliminated the need for opening blow-down valves ahead of the traps. The steam and condensate saved resulted in an annual saving of 4,300 MMBtus and a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 446 tons.
“Eastman is constantly looking for ways to drive energy improvements. These five winning projects exhibit innovative examples of trials with new types of equipment, creative process redesign, operational changes, and employee commitment,” said Sharon Nolen, Manager, Corporate Energy Program.
In April, Eastman was recognized with the 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award for continued leadership in superior energy management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eastman is the first chemical company to achieve this honor. Eastman was previously named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemicals company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. For more information, visit www.americanchemistry.com.
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