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Georgia-Pacific Brewton earns prestigious energy efficiency certification from EPA

The brewery is recognized for its commitment to sustainability and excellence in resource use in the manufacturing industry

Georgia-Pacific Brewton, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of 86 manufacturing plants in the country to earn Energy Star certification in 2023. This designation is awarded only to plants that are in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency in their sector. For the third consecutive year, the Brewton plant achieves this certification and is one of two GP facilities and one of five Koch companies named in the EPA’s announcement to receive the distinction.

Jerry Clark, vice president and Brewton mill manager, highlighted Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operations. The certification was made possible by investments in energy and utilities, as well as optimizing the performance of boilers, evaporators and assets in pulp operations.

According to the EPA, the industrial sector accounts for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, primarily from energy use in manufacturing plants. ENERGY STAR certified plants have reduced their energy consumption through energy efficiency management projects and practices.

The Brewton mill produces large rolls of paperboard products used to manufacture corrugated boxes and paper plates. It employs more than 400 people, with an annual payroll and profits of approximately $40 million.

In total, ENERGY STAR-certified plants have saved more than 105 billion British thermal units (Btus) of energy and avoided more than 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the emissions from the electricity use of more than 1.1 million U.S. homes.

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