Tate & Lyle has announced that its two corn wet mills in Loudon, Tennessee and Lafayette South, Indiana, in the US have been awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification, having met strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. They are the only corn refining plants in the US to earn this accolade.
Nick Waibel, global energy lead at Tate & Lyle, commented: “We are thrilled to receive this certification for the fifth and seventh consecutive years for our Loudon and Lafayette South plants, respectively. Achieving this honour in the first year is quite an achievement but to maintain such high standards over so many years reflects the dedication and hard work of our operations team, especially our technicians who are committed to running these mills as efficiently as possible.”
Tate & Lyle is a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, which help reduce sugar, calories and fat, add fibre, and provide texture and stability in food and drink. The facilities in Lafayette South and Loudon export ingredients to many countries around the world.
Tate & Lyle has made a number of significant capital investments to improve energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at both facilities. In 2017, the company installed a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system at its Loudon facility that generates electricity and steam to power and heat the facility, resulting in a year over year reduction of around 35% in greenhouse gas emissions at the site. Lafayette South also installed a CHP facility this year which is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% at the site and reduce water use by approximately 5%, providing a more efficient and sustainable way of working.
“Energy efficiency contributes to greater economic development, greater competitiveness and a healthy environment while helping organizations meet their health, environmental and cost reduction goals,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.