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Posted: March 23, 2012 12:00 a.m.

EPA recognizes Social Circle plant

A Social Circle plant was awarded by the EPA last week for its efforts in reducing energy consumption.

Saint-Gobain, the world's largest manufacturer of building products, was awarded the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second year in a row in Washington, D.C. The award recognized Saint-Gobain's outstanding leadership in energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Through its U.S. subsidiaries, the company is the only manufacturer of glass containers or fiberglass insulation ever to receive the award.

John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain, said the company believes reducing the amount of energy the company uses is one way to repay its community.

"For us, energy conservation is a significant competitive advantage that goes beyond good business sense; it drives innovation," he said. "We are honored Energy Star has recognized Saint-Gobain's ongoing commitment to building a more energy-efficient future and reducing the environmental impact of our business."

It is also the fourth consecutive year the company and its North American subsidiaries have been recognized by the EPA. Saint-Gobain was awarded the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 and attained the EPA's level of Sustained Excellence in 2011 and 2012.

The EPA was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Energy Star program when the award was given to the company.

"Saint-Gobain and all our Energy Star award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health and our future," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The EPA also recognized Saint-Gobain for its leadership in implementing a wide range of process improvements and energy management practices over several years. Since 2008, the company has improved energy intensity by 11.9 percent. In 2011, The company's businesses in North America were able to reduce their energy intensity (the amount of energy used to produce a unit of product) by 3.6 percent - equivalent to the amount of energy needed to make shingles for new roofs on 1.1 million typical U.S. homes or enough fiberglass insulation for more than 163,000 typical U.S. homes. In addition, the energy savings achieved by the company equate to avoiding more than 116,063 tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year.

"I know I speak for all 19,000 Saint-Gobain employees in North America when I say that receiving this prestigious award inspires all of us to be leaders in the effort to save energy not only through our responsible manufacturing practices, but also through the development of energy-efficient building products," said Crowe.

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pa. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.7 billion in 2011.

Saint-Gobain's family of companies in North America includes CertainTeed Corporation, which offers the most comprehensive portfolio of interior and exterior building products in North America, as well as Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain Solar, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and more.

About Energy Star
Energy Star was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Energy Star offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. For more information about Energy Star, visit www.energystar.gov.

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