Hexion Inc., an Ohio-based, global producer of adhesives and performance materials, announced it has been selected for the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.
The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. It is awarded to ENERGY STAR partners that have made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency and have demonstrated leadership year over year.
“We’re pleased to be recognized for our leadership in delivering sustainable innovations to our customers while operating our manufacturing sites and operations centers as efficiently as possible,” said Michael Lefenfeld, president and CEO.
“Being a responsible energy steward aligns perfectly with the ENERGY STAR program and Hexion’s sustainability commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030,” added Lefenfeld. “I believe we’ve only tapped the beginning of what we can do at Hexion in terms of manufacturing efficiencies, reducing waste, and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.”
With cumulative cost reductions of nearly $13 million over the last eight years, Hexion has driven an approximately 36% reduction in energy intensity through 220 distinct projects. Since beginning its partnership with ENERGY STAR, the company has reduced its energy and greenhouse gas intensities by 33% and 18%, respectively.
Hexion’s recognition by the EPA also recognizes the company’s broader organizational changes in 2022 that included naming Stephanie Couhig as its first Chief Sustainability Officer and creating a Sustainability Center of Excellence to advance its environmental, social, and governance initiatives. As part of this global team, David Steiner was also named Utilities and Environmental Sustainability Leader to integrate ongoing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives across the company.
“We are proud of this achievement as sustainability and energy efficiency are critical to ensuring a sustainable future for Hexion,” said Stephanie Couhig, senior VP, Environmental Health & Safety and Chief Sustainability Officer. “We are pursuing a number of key pathways to achieve our 2030 decarbonization goals, with energy efficiency improvement foundational to our strategy.”
Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.
“As we accelerate historic efforts to address climate change, public-private partnerships will be essential to realizing the scale of our ambition,” said EPA administrator, Michael S. Regan. “I applaud this year’s ENERGY STAR award winners for working with EPA to deliver a clean energy future that saves American consumers and businesses money and creates jobs.”