Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, CHP, Industrial, Solar  -  August 11, 2017

Despite setbacks, Eastman cuts energy use

Helped by a restructuring of its energy programs, Eastman Chemical Co. has improved its energy intensity by 10.1% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 14% and has implemented a variety of programs to improve the environmental impact across its facilities.

The Tennessee-based chemical supplier said in its Aug. 3 sustainability report that the 10.1% improvement in its energy intensity since 2008, but that its efforts still need improvement to stay on track to reach its goal of reducing energy intensity from its 2008 baseline 20% by 2020.

However, the company is on track to reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 based on it 14% reduction compared to the 2008 baseline.

“At Eastman, we recognize that the world is facing enormous complexity and challenges,” David Golden, senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer and corporate secretary, said in a statement. “We know we must create far more value than the resources we use or the future is not sustainable.”

The report also included a description of an optimization project implemented at the company’s Kingsport, Tenn., facility, to improve the combined heat and power system at the site. As Eastman’s largest site, the facility is responsible for almost 50% of the total energy used by the company.

“We emphasized improved correlation between production and energy use to offset headwinds due to Eastman’s strategic shift to specialty materials, which tend to be more energy intensive to manufacture,” Eastman said in the report. “As a result, the Kingsport site achieved a 2.8% improvement year over year.”

Eastman also implemented renewable energy projects in 2016 to help reach its sustainability goals, including the installation of a 2.5 MW solar photovoltaic system at its Indian Orchard facility near Springfield, Mass. The system is made of 7,500 individual solar panels and is expected to generate electricity equal to approximately 5% of the facility’s demand.

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