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INVISTA Sets New Operations Goal to Reduce Energy Intensity by 20% by 2020

INVISTA Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) has achieved substantial improvements in energy use and emissions reductions. The business has made this progress by increasing energy efficiency and by operating the most efficient manufacturing units. To build on this progress, PS&M has established a new operations goal to reduce energy usage and increase energy efficiency in its operations to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2020, beginning in 2011.

“We have Energy Managers at all of our North American plant sites who are dedicated to achieving energy improvements, and we’re proud of the progress that they and their teams have been making” said Derek Young, global sustainability director for INVISTA PS&M. “Collectively, we are committed to producing products responsibly and efficiently, conserving resources, eliminating waste, and designing long-lasting products that give consideration to sustainable attributes such as recycled content, recyclability, and renewable content.”

Since 2007:

INVISTA PS&M has reduced Total Fuel Energy Intensity by 13 percent.

  • Energy intensity improvements have resulted from a sharpened focus on waste elimination in site-generated utilities such as steam. Utility system upgrades aimed at eliminating heat losses have been key to driving this improvement.

INVISTA PS&M has reduced Total Fuel CO2 Intensity by 21 percent.

  • One example that contributed to this accomplishment is that coal boilers were permanently retired and replaced with a state-of-the-art natural gas boiler at INVISTA's Seaford, Delaware facility, resulting in decreased CO2 emissions.

INVISTA PS&M has reduced Total CO2 Emissions Intensity by 6 percent.

  • Redirecting bulk continuous filament (BCF) production to more energy efficient assets has enabled this reduction.

Fuel energy intensity was measured in millions of British thermal units (MMBTUs) per ton of product, and CO2 intensity was measured in tons, either used as fuel or emitted, per ton of product manufactured.

These achievements have also resulted from the action INVISTA has taken to enhance their plants in accordance with a recent environmental agreement.

Young concluded, “These improvements exemplify our commitment to Responsible Manufacturing, a part of our business’ four-pronged approach to sustainability which also includes using Enduring Materials, producing products with Sustainable Performance, and being a good Corporate Citizen in the communities in which we operate.”