January 24, 2022
BASF | Chemetall Blackman Township Plant Achieves the Energy Star® Challenge.
BASF | Chemetall's Blackman Township plant has achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star Challenge for Industry by reducing its energy use within the year 2020–2021. This achievement underscores the facility's dedication to a greener future helping to clean-up our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy use.
The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's manufacturers by 10% or more. Due to a series of energy efficiency projects over the course of the last year, BASF | Chemetall was able to reduce its energy intensity by more than 16% — exceeding the challenge goals.
Some examples of the projects that yielded significant reductions were:
- Replacement of all warehouse lighting with intelligent LED fixtures. Features such as daylight harvesting, occupancy detection, and high-end trimming allowed the facility to reduce the overall energy consumption for warehouse lighting by over 90%.
- Consolidation of multiple compressed air systems in the plant and laboratories. Screw compressors are most efficient when running at full load when not equipped with a VFD. Running multiple compressors at part load presented an opportunity for improvement by reducing the number of parts loaded (or trim) compressors to one.
By achieving the Energy Star Challenge, BASF | Chemetall's Blackman Township plant has reduced over 500 tons of greenhouse gases and saved enough energy to power 10,000 homes. "Taking and achieving the Energy Star Challenge for Industry demonstrates BASF | Chemetall's commitment to strong energy management practices that produce results for the environment, our customers, and employees" said Karlheinz Zander, Vice President of Surface Treatment, North America.
About the Coatings division of BASF
The Coatings division of BASF is globally known for its expertise in the development, production, and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, decorative paints, and applied surface treatments for metal, plastic, and glass substrates in a wide range of industries. The portfolio is completed by the "Innovation Beyond Paint" program which aims to develop new markets and businesses. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design, and new applications to meet our partners' needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge, and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia Pacific. In 2020, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.1 billion.
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At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.
About Energy Star®
Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations — including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500® — rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, Energy Star and its partners have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills — while also achieving broad emissions reductions — all through voluntary action.