Georgia-Pacific honored by EPA

Published 9:55 am Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Georgia-Pacific Brewton mill as one of 86 manufacturing plants nationwide to earn Energy Star certification in 2023, a designation given only to plants in the top 25 percent of energy efficiency in their sector.
This is the third consecutive year the Brewton mill achieved the certification; the mill was also recognized in 2021 and 2022, and is one of two GP facilities, and one of five Koch Companies named in the EPA’s announcement to receive the distinction.
“This achievement acknowledges Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to operating safely, efficiently and in an environmentally responsible way,“ said Jerry Clark, Brewton vice-president and mill manager. “As a business neighbor within the region, we have a vested interest doing the right things and I’m extremely proud of our team’s focus around energy efficiency and reduction efforts.”
Clark said the certification was driven by investments made in the power and utilities area as well as through optimizing the performance of boilers, evaporators and assets in pulping operations.
According to the EPA, the industrial sector accounts for 30 percent of U.S. greenhouse emissions, primarily from energy use in manufacturing plants. ENERGY STAR certified plants have reduced their energy consumption through a variety of energy efficiency projects and management practices.
EPA reports that in total, ENERGY STAR certified plants saved over 105 trillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy and prevented more than 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the emissions from the electricity use of more than 1.1 million American homes.
The Brewton mill produces large rolls of paperboard products used to make corrugated boxes and paper plates. The facility employs more than 400, with an annual payroll and benefits of approximately $40 million.
A complete list of 2023 ENERGY STAR Certified facilities from across the U.S. can be accessed at: EPA Announces Most Energy-Efficient Manufacturing Plants in Alabama | US EPA.

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