ArcelorMittal is trying to cut its energy use by 10 percent at all its plants, including in Northwest Indiana.
The U.S. Energy Department recently recognized the multinational steelmaker for its leadership in the Better Buildings, Better Plants initiatives. In August, ArcelorMittal joined the program, which supports the Obama administration's goal of increasing U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
By joining, ArcelorMittal committed to reducing energy use by 10 percent at 17 plants, including local facilities in East Chicago, Gary, and Burns Harbor. The company is pursuing energy savings, such as by installing energy efficient lighting and reheat furnaces, and increasing use of waste heat and byproduct fuels.
"ArcelorMittal USA is excited to be a partner in the Better Plants program," said Larry Fabina, who coordinates the steelmaker's energy reduction program. "Energy is one of the most expensive factors in the steelmaking process. Therefore, we look forward to working with the Department of Energy and the other partner companies to accelerate you energy management efforts, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and improving the sustainability of our operations."
The steelmaker has actively been trying to to conserve energy during its operation, such as by reductions in delays, rework and scrap. ArcelorMittal has encouraged employees to be engaged on the issue, and to take part in "treasure hunts" to find low-cost energy reduction opportunities.
"There are many avenues that we will use to attain our energy goal, some of which will take capital dollars and others that will be at no cost to the company," Fabina said. These energy reduction efforts include applying energy efficient technologies and energy conservation, increasing plant yield, reducing rework and scrap, providing energy training for employees and implementing best practices shared through the industrial partner network."
The company is focused on finding energy savings in different systems, including compressed air operation, steam generation and combustion systems.
ArcelorMittal is one of more than 120 manufacturers that have partnered with the U.S. Energy Department to reduce their energy consumption.
Nationally, manufacturing companies spend an estimated $200 billion every year to power their plants. Since 2011, the Obama administration has been trying to lower that amount in a big to achieve record-breaking energy bill savings.
"Partners in the Better Plants challenge are leading by example, showing firsthand how energy efficiency improvements can help manufacturers improve their bottom lines, cut energy waste and pollution and stay competitive in global markets," said David Danielson, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. "The investments they have made through the Better Plants challenge are helping to cut energy waste, while saving millions in energy costs and helping position the United States to lead in the global economy."