Roanoke Cement Company (RCC), founded in 1950 and acquired by Titan America in 1992, has been a longstanding member of the Catawba Valley community. Located between the Appalachian Mountains and Jefferson National Forest, Roanoke Cement is privy to the energy-intensive nature of its industry and works assiduously to minimize its carbon footprint.
As a result of these efforts, Roanoke Cement is pleased to announce that we have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for the 7th consecutive year. The ENERGY STAR certification signifies that our industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“It is rewarding to know that small adjustments in air pressure, for example, can result in huge savings over the course of the year and add up to a tangible difference,” said Stephen Knox, Electrical Manager. “Energy savings benefits the company by reducing our energy costs while also contributing to environmental sustainability by reducing overall energy demand.”
Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights Roanoke Cement’s status within the top 25 percent of cement industries in the nation with regard to energy performance. Since our first certification in 2007, Roanoke Cement has made countless strides to lower its energy consumption. Efforts include reductions in plant air usage, installation of VFD on a major fan, reduction in the use of heaters throughout the plant, and automation throughout the plant. These upgrades have resulted in more than 2 MW of reduction since our first year of certification.
Roanoke Cement understands and embraces its obligation to continuously lower energy consumption as we strive to be leaders in sustainability and environmental stewardship for our industry. Initiatives for achieving future energy reductions include:
• Reducing or eliminating the use of inefficient or unnecessary lighting
• Maximizing the use of alternative fuels
• Targeting other fans as candidates for VFD upgrades
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.
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–Submitted by Jennifer Coleman