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Berry Plastics Selects Ecova for Energy Management Services

October 21, 2015
By Business Wire News


Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) to provide services which will assist the company in reducing its waste generation and its consumption of electricity, natural gas, and water.

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Berry Plastics, a leading provider of value-added consumer plastic packaging and engineered materials, will leverage the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform to gain additional insight into waste generation and utility consumption at the company’s more than 70 U.S. and Canadian facilities. The added visibility and analysis, coupled with Ecova’s recommendations for improvement initiatives, will assist Berry Plastics in reducing their waste generation and optimizing their utility efficiencies, while minimizing associated costs.

Berry Plastics’ facility footprint has grown, so has the company’s use of automation. As a result, the company’s energy usage has grown also. Mitigating increases in consumption and related costs is what Ecova does best. Leveraging Ecova services such as Bill Audit, Rate Optimization and Energy Procurement will ensure that utility invoices don’t include errors, that utility rates are set appropriately for Berry Plastics’ consumption patterns, and that opportunities in deregulated markets are maximized.

“As a plastics company, we take seriously our role as a sustainable and responsible company. We believe that we can operate and grow a successful business while also pursuing and implementing initiatives that will help foster sustainability. In support of this, we practice sustainability every day through the execution of utility and waste reduction initiatives,” said Rodgers Greenawalt, executive vice president of operations for Berry Plastics. “We look forward to working with Ecova to enhance our current initiatives and explore new opportunities to further reduce utility usage and cost.”

Clearly understanding usage patterns at their numerous locations is imperative to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption. The use of Ecova’s Resource Benchmarking Report will provide Berry Plastics with at-a-glance analytics to illustrate high and low resource performers as well as year-over-year trends across the company’s sites. Ecova will also provide the company with tracking and management for critical resource data, along with a robust suite of services and expert energy consultants to assist in developing an overarching strategy and tactical plan for meeting Berry Plastics’ goals.

“Understanding resource consumption and how to leverage data to save money and improve performance is an essential business need for today’s companies,” said Jana Schmidt, president and CEO of Ecova. “Working with companies, such as Berry Plastics, to develop a plan focused on energy efficiency and cost savings is core to Ecova’s business of total energy and sustainability management.”

The Ecova Platform combines data, technology and energy expertise to deliver insight needed to reduce organizational cost and consumption. For more information on the Ecova Platform, including features and benefits, please visit


Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is a subsidiary of Cofely, ENGIE Group. For more information, visit the company’s website at, on LinkedIn at, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.

Alison Liaboe, 509-329-7514