Energy efficiency program to significantly reduce electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Independent Carton Group(ICG,www.independentcartongroup.com),
an association of 17 independently owned and operated folding carton companies,
announces that its members have achieved significant monetary savings and
environmental benefits as a result of the group’s energy efficiency program
withEfficient Lighting Consultants(ELC,www.efficientlightingconsultants.com).
ICG member companies that implemented energy-efficient lighting solutions in
their manufacturing facilities, warehouses and offices through ELC and various
other means are collectively saving $1,871,806 in electricity costs and
reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 18.1 million pounds annually.
The ICG’s energy efficiency
program enabled members to tap into ELC’s expertise in auditing energy
consumption, devising conservation strategies, leveraging energy incentives and
implementing technologies that provide for the immediate reduction of energy
usage – all while remaining within members’ current utility budgets. All across
the country, ICG members, many of which have multiple locations, worked
directly with ELC to create a custom plan for their facilities and install new
energy-efficient lighting, which has resulted in sizeable reductions in
members’ electrical costs and carbon footprints. Also, members that had already
installed more efficient lighting prior to the ICG program with ELC enlisted
ELC to perform a lighting audit and implement any additional measures that
would provide for further gains in energy efficiency.
“For nearly 30 years, the ICG has
existed to support members, and encourage them to support each other, through
group purchasing, supply assurance, educational and networking programs.
These programs are deeply rooted in our members’ shared values of high-quality
folding carton production, competitive pricing and business continuity,” says
Andy Willie, president of the Independent Carton Group, LLC. “The success of
this program with ELC demonstrates that we can also count environmental
stewardship among our members’ shared values today.”
The ICG members’ $1,871,806 in
collective annual savings is the result of over 16.4 million kilowatt hours of
electricity they are saving each year. This is equivalent to over 8.4
million pounds of coal and nearly 1.1 million gallons of oil not burned, or the
amount of fossil fuels needed to provide 1,976 homes with electricity for one
year. ICG members have also helped reduce air pollution and improve air
quality by decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful
environmental pollutants. Gas emissions avoided annually include 33,383
pounds of sulfur oxides, 8,906 pounds of nitrogen oxides and over 18 million
pounds of carbon dioxide.
“In addition to considerable
environmental and cost-saving benefits, many of our members have told us that
the new lighting reflects true colors better and provides for improved color
matching. Since we know our members work closely with color matching in
the manufacture of folding cartons, we’ve been very pleased to hear about this
ancillary benefit of the program,” says Willie.
The ICG recently extended the
program to its designated vendors, encouraging them to utilize ELC in support
of their own energy efficiency initiatives and inspire even greater aggregate
gains. Several ICG vendors are currently working with ELC through this
Independent Carton Group members reduce carbon footprint and energy costs
November 7, 2012