Sustainability milestone reached through technology upgrades, equipment optimizations
Corning Incorporated has announced that it has reduced energy intensity in its global fiber and cable manufacturing facilities by 50 percent – part of Corning’s commitment to protecting the environment through continuous improvement to its processes, products, and services.
Corning reduced its energy intensity by half through technology upgrades, equipment optimization, and sharing best sustainability practices across the business. Energy intensity is a measure of kilowatt hours of energy used for each kilometer of fiber or cable manufactured.
“We’re proud of our manufacturing teams around the world for demonstrating Corning’s commitment to sustainability – a commitment that benefits our environment, our communities, and our employees,” said Danny Henderson, division vice president and worldwide manufacturing manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “Investments in energy-efficient upgrades to our infrastructure and processes also helps control our costs, which serves our valued customers.”
Technicians, engineers, and plant personnel that make up Global Energy Management (GEM) teams at each of Corning’s fiber and cable facilities worldwide identified and executed energy conservation steps to reach this milestone. Some examples include: installing solar panels and LED lighting, optimizing manufacturing equipment, and implementing process improvements to decrease set-up time.
Corning launched its GEM program in 2006 to create and execute effective energy strategies. Since then, the program has grown to include energy-conservation teams at every Corning facility around the world. Since 2006, these efforts have improved Corning’s overall energy efficiency by more than 35 percent and have saved the company over half a billion dollars.