Two federal agencies recognized the world's largest steel producer for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ArcelorMittal USA is the first steel maker to be named an Energy Star Partner of the Year for Energy Management by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, the company said on March 12. The company is one of three manufacturers to earn the distinction.
ArcelorMittal's environmental efforts include the creation of an energy committee that it established in 2005 with representatives from every U.S. facility and the launch of the committee's Energy Reduction Initiative. The three-year program calls for a 6% reduction in energy intensity, equating to $192 million in energy savings by 2009.
"ArcelorMittals leadership in managing their energy use is a model for other businesses looking for ways to protect the environment," said Robert Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator for the EPAs Office of Air and Radiation. "Because commercial and industrial facilities account for half of all energy consumption in the U.S. and are responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, energy management is a critical element in our efforts on climate change."