s part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program, ArcelorMittal has committed to reducing energy intensity across its U.S. plants by 10% in 10 years.
The company has been engaged in serious energy management initiatives long enough to have taken big bites out of low-hanging fruit. Indeed, the company has received six Energy Star awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts, most recently in 2013.
Moreover, a primary driver of its energy intensity is its blast furnace operations ("Turning iron ore into molten iron takes a lot of energy," says ArcelorMittal's Larry Fabina), which Fabina says already are very efficient.
Fabina, who is ArcelorMittal USA's energy champion leads a team of plant-level energy champions and energy teams who meet monthly to discuss energy-management opportunities. Technology has played, and will continue to play, a large role in the company's energy-management initiatives. That's particularly true as new products are introduced and existing technologies both improve and come down in price, Fabina says. He points to variable frequency drives as one example. Many have been installed at ArcelorMittal in the name of better energy performance.
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