FiberMark named ‘Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’
LEXINGTON, MA, March 23, 2010 – Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has announced that FiberMark will be recognized as a ‘Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’ at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Boston, MA on March 31. Nominated by Efficiency Vermont, the company is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency which have resulted in annual energy savings of over 1,835,846 kWh, and cost savings of over $142,000.
Over the past several years, FiberMark, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, has looked at its facility-wide energy consumption with an eye on improving efficiency and production while decreasing its electricity usage and dependence on fossil fuels. As a result the company has implemented energy saving measures that include:
A complete lighting retrofit in its 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility
Installation of efficient electric motors and variable speed drives
Upgrades to the facility’s compressed air systems
More recently FiberMark converted its boiler operations to run on up to 100% vegetable oil. This project makes the company one of the first in the U.S. paper industry to generate its process energy from waste biofuel. The “green steam” produced by the vegetable oil powers the company’s paper machine turbine, dries the paper, and provides heat for the entire plant.
“FiberMark serves as a model of sustainability, not just for the paper industry, but for manufacturing as a whole,” said Jay Pilliod, Director of Business Energy Services at Efficiency Vermont. “As a longtime advocate for environmental stewardship, FiberMark also walks the walk by executing manufacturing and business practices that result in real reductions of its environmental impact. As a result, the company has been able to save money through reduced energy use. This is critical for every company in this economic climate. Energy efficiency helps many companies streamline their operations, and FiberMark is an outstanding example of a company that has done this.”
“NEEP is proud to recognize FiberMark and Efficiency Vermont for their collaborative success and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. “FiberMark provides an excellent example of how energy efficient measures can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce environmental impact.”
FiberMark will be recognized, along with 12 other Northeast Energy Efficiency Business Leaders at a luncheon ceremony during the 2010 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit. The event is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend at no charge. For more information about the Summit and Business Leaders Recognition program, please visit http://neep.org/neep-summit.
Other 2010 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency include: AFC Cable Systems, Inc. (New Bedford, MA); Bigelow Teas (Fairfield, CT); CNC Software, Inc. (Tolland, CT); DPW, County of Suffolk (Long Island, NY); Hi-Tech Mold & Tool, Inc. (Pittsfield, MA); Mezza Luna (Buzzards Bay, MA); New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (Laconia/Peterborough, NH); Pratt Industries (Staten Island, NY); Princeton University (Princeton, NJ); Sleepy’s & Steel Equities (Hicksville, NY); Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) and Tufts University (Medford, MA).
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NEEP's Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit, March 30-31, is the premier regional forum to learn about and become involved in energy efficiency in the Northeast. This two-day event brings together leaders from across the region in public policy, business, energy efficiency solutions, and consumer and environmental advocacy to support the vision of energy efficiency as a solution to the challenge of reliable and clean energy. Esteemed speakers plus exhibits from up to 60 exhibitors will also showcase the benefits, successes and challenges of public policies and programs that advance energy efficiency as the leading clean energy resource for the Northeast. Register today at www.neep.org/neep-summit
NEEP is a regional nonprofit that promotes the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings and industry across the Northeast. We advance cutting-edge products and practices through coordinated, whole-building efficiency programs and policies. Saving energy creates a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system. For more information, visit www.neep.org.