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Pharmaceutical Plant in the Southeast Earns EPA’S Energy Star

Release Date: 03/19/2009
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – March 19, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Schering-Plough’s Cleveland, Tenn. facility as one of four pharmaceutical plants to earn the Energy Star for performing in the top 25 percent of energy performance nationwide. Compared to similar pharmaceutical plants across the country, the Schering-Plough facility, on average, uses nearly 35 percent less energy during its manufacturing process. The Schering-Plough facility along with Allergan’s Waco, Texas facility, AstraZeneca’s Westborough, Mass. Plant, and AstraZeneca’s Newark, Del. Plant are the first pharmaceutical plants in the nation to earn EPA's ENERGY STAR.

The pharmaceutical sector spends more than $800 million on energy annually. EPA worked in partnership with pharmaceutical companies across the United States to develop the Energy Performance Indicator, which is available to all pharmaceutical companies and enables companies to benchmark their energy performance against others in the industry

More information on Energy Star and pharmaceutical facilities: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=in_focus.bus_pharmaceutical_focus