BASF’s Freeport facility wins national
Energy Efficiency Award
American Chemistry Council honors site for ‘exceptional’
energy conservation programs
FREEPORT, Texas, November 12, 2004 -- BASF’s Freeport site
has been recognized by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) as a
winner of the organization’s 2003 “Energy Efficiency
Award.” The ACC announced the award today during a conference
at its offices in Arlington, Va.
BASF has now won the award 11 times, and, with this award, was one
of only five companies to receive the ACC’s prestigious “Exceptional
During a three-month period in 2003, BASF’s Freeport Site
Energy Team implemented a number of practices and procedures that
resulted in a savings of $2.8 million in energy costs and an annual
net carbon dioxide emissions reduction of approximately 2,700 tons.
“The ACC congratulates BASF on its accomplishment. These awards
publicly recognize that energy efficiency projects not only reduce
greenhouse gases and other emissions but also add appreciably to
each company’s bottom line,” said Charles Van Vlack,
Executive Vice President of the ACC. “It’s a win-win
situation for the country, because the improvements protect the
environment while helping American business compete globally.”
“As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF is committed
not only to making products better but also to the values and principles
of Sustainable Development,” said Art Colwell, Vice President
and General Manager of BASF's Freeport site. “Thanks to the
innovative thinking and teamwork of the BASF team, we are delivering
substantive results in support of environmental excellence.”
Specifically, the actions BASF took that resulted in the savings
and reductions included improving waste burning practices, “mothballing”
a partially loaded thermal oxidizer and shifting its load to another
partially loaded unit, changing minimum “fire set-points”
on two steam generators, and various tuning, operational and maintenance
“A lot of the credit for this award is owed to BASF’s
overall energy management structure,” said Thomas Theising,
BASF’s Manager of Energy Systems and Energy Audit Team Leader
in Freeport. “Our energy auditing process is a modified version
of conventional energy auditing which results in ‘deep-seating’
energy conservation and energy awareness into the manufacturing
site’s culture. BASF method goes beyond the conventional,
with in-depth involvement of production personnel and a ‘question
everything’ design of reviewing current practices. We also
try to have as diverse a cross section of the facility as we can
get, from operations, to maintenance, to purchasing, to accounting,
to engineering. The result is better approaches and solutions because
of the collective intelligence of the group.”
BASF's Freeport site employs almost 600 employees and 300 contractors
and produces chemicals that are used in a wide range of product
applications including adhesives, superabsorbers, paints and coatings,
nylon and plastics.
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