Governor Lynch and Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Burack Recognize Winners of 2009 Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention
Concord, NH – Governor Lynch today presented the 2009 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention to Southeastern Container, Inc. of Hudson for outstanding pollution prevention practices in businesses and organizations. Two New Hampshire businesses and organizations received an Honorable Mention Award for their pollution prevention efforts: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Inc. of Nashua and Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. of Manchester. Governor Lynch and DES Commissioner Burack presented the awards to representatives from the companies at a ceremony held at the State House in Concord.
2009 Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention Winner:
Southeastern Container in Hudson produces 20 oz and 2 liter plastic bottles for Coca-Cola bottling facilities in the Northeast. SEC is receiving the granite award for their Plant Environmental Program (PEP), which is a pilot global Corporate Sustainability Program tasked with shaping the overall corporate strategy for sustainability programs for the other 9 SEC facilities nationwide. A few of the 10 projects that the PEP has implemented are:
- Reduced the volume of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, by installing energy efficient compressed air dryers and re-engineering the circuits
- Purchases 50% of the plant’s electricity from “Green” renewable generation resources effective July 2009.
- Designed a state of the art energy use monitoring technology to track and trend the electric, natural gas, water and sewer use to reduce demand in real-time in addition to the compressed air monitoring system that eliminated power peaks using the same concepts.
- Educated employees about to the merits of sustainability both at work and at home through an energy fair.
The annual savings from these projects will be: raw materials reduced by 385,000 lbs; CO2 emissions reduced by 2,419,358 lbs; energy reductions of 206,609 kWh; and water consumption reduced by 153,000 gallons. The estimated cost savings will be $ 71,017 per year. Southeastern Container was a 2008 Granite and 2007 Honorable Mention Governor’s Award winner for their air recovery system and bottling production process changes.
2009 Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention Honorable Mention:
Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (HCM) is a manufacturer of copper cable, fiber optic cable, electronic round cable, electronic ribbon cable, and custom cable. HCM identified 21 environmental initiatives at their plant. The two they focused on for the award application were Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) and solid waste reduction. Since 2006, those projects reduced: solid waste by 1,335,580 lbs; hazardous waste (MEK) by 2,310 lbs; air emissions by 2,405 lbs; energy by 559,000 kWh; and water by 1,848,000 gallons. The approximate savings after purchases were $42,900.
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Inc. of Nashua is a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense, security and aerospace systems. They manufacture military electronic systems, circuit boards and associated support equipment. They spent several years eliminating and replacing more than 24 once-through cooling water systems, including HVAC equipment, test chambers and ovens. These programs reduced water consumption by 45.5 million gallons per year. Through water reduction measures and other P2 projects the company saved $522,000.
Contact the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program at 603-271-0878 or NHPPP@des.nh.gov to see how your company can benefit from implementing pollution prevention strategies or visit the NHPPP’s website at (http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/ppp/index.htm) for more information on pollution prevention activities and programs.
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