ConocoPhillips’ Billings Refinery First to Earn Two ENERGY STAR® Ratings
HOUSTON.- ConocoPhillips [NYSE:COP] today announced that its refinery in Billings, Montana has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2007 ENERGY STAR® for superior energy performance. In 2006, the facility became the nation’s first refinery to earn the ENERGY STAR® designation.
“We are proud to earn our second ENERGY STAR,®” said Mike Wirkowski, refinery manager, ConocoPhillips Billings refinery. “Receiving this designation two years in a row is a testament to the dedication of our employees and reflects the company’s commitment to reducing energy consumption.”
The Billings refinery earned this award by emphasizing energy-efficient equipment design and operational excellence, placing the facility among the top 25 percent of refineries nationwide for energy efficiency. The plant is particularly efficient in capturing and recycling thermal energy, an important factor in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR® is a program of the EPA that encourages businesses and consumers to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. EPA awards the ENERGY STAR® to refineries achieving top-quartile energy efficiency based on an energy intensity index. The EPA works closely with the petroleum refining industry as well as eight other industries to promote strategic energy management at all levels.
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