Celanese uses energy in virtually every aspect of our business – from manufacturing processes, heating, cooling and lighting, to fuel for transportation and even the electricity that powers our computers and mobile phones.
We have had a strong energy program for many years with sustained excellence in energy reduction. Saving energy not only saves money but contributes to environmental stewardship and the Celanese value, “Improving the World,” with reduced emissions and use of resources.
In 2017, we reduced our enterprise-wide energy intensity and the associated greenhouse gasses (GHG) by five percent, with a reduction of 37 percent since 2005. We worked on more than 140 energy projects saving more than $10 million in energy costs.
Celanese won the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award in 2017 for the second consecutive year. We also received recognition from the US Department of Energy Better Plants program and two American Chemistry Council energy awards. In addition, we were ISO50001 recertified in Frankfurt, Oberhausen and Kaiserslautern.
Recently, both the Frankfurt POM and Bay City VAM sites were recognized by the US EPA with the prestigious ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry award, exceeding the goal of ten percent energy intensity reduction in just two years. By achieving this award, these facilities have reduced more than 150,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy usage and have saved enough energy to power 16,000 homes.
This is world-class energy performance and something to be exceptionally proud of!
But what does it take to achieve consistent energy reduction results year after year, and how do we sustain and continuously improve going forward?
Celanese is quite technically oriented. In most roles around the company, including engineers, chemists and operators, we use numbers and science to analyze and solve problems. We like mechanical things, data and technology.
So not surprisingly, one key aspect of a sustained energy program is driving technical solutions to energy reduction with capital projects, data analysis, energy optimization projects, reliable stable operations and procurement of energy efficient technology.
The second key factor, and one that we sometimes overlook, is the engagement and behavior of each and every employee. We must find out what we know and don’t know about energy, and then get everyone “charged up” with communications, behavior change ideas, learning resources and involvement. Several sites, including Cangrejera, Lanaken and Edmonton, have realized how important this is and have started programs to engage their teams.
Through an internal Energy Community training, employees have learned more about our energy program and how they can get involved. It stresses the importance of making the connection to energy in both our work and home lives and encourages us to make an individual commitments to reducing energy.
I believe that all 7,500 Celanese employees have something to contribute to energy reduction, whether it is developing an idea for energy improvement, leading an energy project or just being responsible for our own behaviors for saving energy.
For a company like Celanese, the technical side of energy reduction, i.e., the numbers and science, the data and analysis, the technology and engineering, will always be important.
But by engaging all of us, raising awareness, changing our behaviors and making a personal commitment to reducing energy, we can continue to move the needle on energy reduction and environmental stewardship both in our company and in our world.