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Koch Industries Becomes an Energy Star® Program Partner


March 25, 2015
By Business Wire News

WICHITA, Kan.

Koch Industries, Inc. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR Partner. Among the Koch companies participating in the program are: Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline Company, Georgia-Pacific, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, INVISTA, Koch Chemical Technology Group, Molex and Koch Minerals. Through voluntary partnership in this strategic, corporate energy management program, these Koch companies will work to improve energy performance at their facilities across the U.S. and worldwide.

“We recognize the importance of effective, enterprise-wide energy management as a source of value creation and environmental stewardship,” said Ernie Schutt, managing director, operations excellence for Koch Industries. “Joining the ENERGY STAR program as a partner enables our companies to strengthen their current energy management programs, as well as their ability to discover and implement innovative ideas designed to reduce energy usage, improve energy efficiency and reduce resource consumption.”

Koch companies have a diverse range of manufacturing processes and energy requirements, and employees share energy best practices through a network of energy team leaders. In September 2014, Koch Industries held a global energy conference focused on knowledge sharing, collaboration, meeting key resources and skill development. Learn more about Koch’s energy conference in this video.

“Koch’s decision to participate in ENERGY STAR is an excellent example of how government and industry can work together in a voluntary manner to promote energy efficiency as a smart business strategy and to show exceptional environmental leadership,” said Elizabeth Dutrow, director industrial sector partnership, ENERGY STAR.

“Partnership with ENERGY STAR is a great fit for our companies’ existing energy programs,” said Brad Runda, global energy director for Koch Industries. “The resources, benchmarking and networking available as an ENERGY STAR Partner will help our companies improve their energy initiatives, and we look forward to the opportunity to share knowledge with others.”

About Koch Industries, Inc.

Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues of about $115 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $70 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 930 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.

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About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR. For more information about the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings:www.energystar.gov/buildings.

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
Keturah Austin, 316-828-5227
Manager, Corporate Communications
keturah.austin@kochps.com