IRVING, Texas, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lehigh Hanson, Inc. is pleased to announce that eleven of its aggregates production facilities across the country are taking another positive step toward improving energy efficiency and protecting the environment by participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR Challenge.
The ENERGY STAR Challenge calls for an energy efficiency improvement of at least 10 percent for the more than 5 million commercial and industrial buildings in the United States. Energy is often generated by burning fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases. EPA estimates that commercial buildings and industrial facilities contribute approximately forty-five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Using energy more efficiently will help reduce the country's carbon footprint and save money.
"At Lehigh Hanson, we are committed to operating in an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly manner," said Dan Harrington, President and CEO. "These locations are taking this commitment to the next level by looking for ways to further reduce their energy consumption while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment."
EPA estimates that if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings in the U.S. improved 10 percent, Americans would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from about 30 million vehicles while saving about $20 billion on annual utility bills.
"The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a win-win for our aggregate production facilities and positively contributes to Lehigh Hanson's overall sustainability strategy," said Tom Chizmadia, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Public Relations and Sustainability. "EPA's ENERGY STAR program provides our operations management teams with additional tools and resources to help identify areas for improving energy efficiency by managing energy strategically."
ENERGY STAR was introduced by 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. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR Challenge
About Lehigh Hanson
Based in Irving, Texas, Lehigh Hanson, Inc. and its affiliated companies are part of the HeidelbergCement Group, one of the largest building materials manufacturers worldwide. HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates with leading positions in cement, concrete, and other downstream activities. Visit www.lehighhanson.com for more information.
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