Leveraging Sustainability for Energy Efficiency Success
Energy efficiency is not new to the chemical industry or any energy intensive industry. However, there are opportunities to bring new life to the energy efficiency program by linking with sustainability goals and initiatives. In today’s environment with more aggressive sustainability goals, additional emphasis can be added to the energy efficiency program by engaging employees and demonstrating the effectiveness of contributing to decarbonization goals. This presentation will describe how energy efficiency and sustainability were implemented at Eastman with energy efficiency assuming an even greater role as both programs have matured. The presentation will also discuss how increased engagement across the enterprise has occurred and resulted in additional improvements in operations.
Sharon Nolen is Program Manager & Fellow, Global Natural Resource Management, Eastman. Sharon was named 2019 International Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers and received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ 2020 Energy and Sustainability Award. Sharon authored a chapter in the book: Energy Management and Efficiency for the Process Industries and has been published in Chemical Engineering Progress and Chemical Processing. Sharon represents Eastman in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Industrial Partner Program and the DOE Better Plants® Challenge Program. Under Sharon’s leadership, Eastman received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for eight consecutive years. During her tenure, Eastman’s energy program also received the American Chemistry Council Exceptional Merit Energy Efficiency Award. Sharon leads Eastman’s Worldwide Energy Team and one of Eastman’s three sustainability subcouncils. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and a Certified Energy Manager.