HORSHAM, PA.— Bimbo Bakeries USA announced Jan. 8 that 14 of its U.S. baking plants have been granted Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification for 2018.
B.B.U. baking plants that received Energy Star status are in Auburn, N.Y.; Dubuque, Iowa; Escondido, Calif.; Fergus Falls, Minn.; Gastonia, N.C.; La Crosse, Wis.; Oconomowoc, Wis.; Olean, N.Y.; Phoenix; Reading, Pa.; Roseville, Minn.; Sacramento, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Luis Obispo, Calif. Eleven of the 14 plants also were Energy Star certified in 2017. New to the 2018 list was Roseville plant.
To gain Energy Star certification, a plant must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities across the United States for energy efficiency and meet energy efficiency standards established by the E.P.A.
“Bimbo Bakeries USA is pleased to have earned a record number of the E.P.A.’s Energy Star certifications in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Leslie Adebayo, corporate sustainability manager at B.B.U. “Through this incredible achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
To gain certification within the commercial bread and roll baking plant category, B.B.U. upgraded facility lighting to LED to cut lighting electrical use by more than half, B.B.U. said. Additionally, the company enhanced productivity by cutting waste and otherwise implemented and adhered to industry best practices. The company described its steps as “cost-effective improvements.”
Energy Star was launched by the E.P.A. in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to cut greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.