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Celanese Narrows facility recognized for achieving ENERGY STAR chanllenge for industry

October 27/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, has announced that its Narrows, Virginia cellulose acetate tow manufacturing facility has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry (the Challenge) in 2021, as per the company's press release.

The Challenge is a call-to-action to improve energy efficiency of Americas manufacturers. By taking the Challenge, manufacturing sites set a goal to reduce their energy intensity by 10% within five years. Although the Challenge is a US-centric initiative, Celaneses facilities outside the US participate in the Challenge as part of the companys commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

As a result of energy-efficiency technologies and improvements, the Narrows facility has reduced Scope 1 energy and Scope 2 GHG net emissions by approximately 25,000 tCO2e annually from 2016-2020, said Jon Mortimer, Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Celanese. Across our manufacturing facilities, we are finding innovative ways to reduce energy intensity as we focus on a 10 percent energy intensity reduction goal by 2030. Narrows is our fifth site enterprise-wide to achieve the Challenge recognition to date. This significant milestone demonstrates Celaneses commitment to strong energy management practices that produce positive results for the environment, our customers and our communities.

The facility used a variety of energy-efficiency approaches which yielded a reduction of their energy intensity by 10.1 percent within five years.

Celanese, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2014, has been recognized by the US EPA for its superior performance in energy management and for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Celanese is proud of its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year designation in 2021 for the sixth consecutive year, and the Sustained Excellence award for the fourth consecutive year.

As MRC reported earlier, Celanese Corporation has recently announced a force majeure (FM) in China for vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) shipments from its plant Nanjing, China. Celanese has temporarily shut down its acetic anhydride and VAM production in Nanjing to comply with recent requirements of government departments in order to achieve dual energy consumption targets in the Jiangsu Province in 2021. Thus, its VAM plan with the capacity of 300,000 mt/year was shut on 17 September, 2021, and its resumed operations on 9 October, 2021.

According to MRC's DataScope report, August EVA imports to Russia fell by 19,15% year on year to 2,990 tonnes from 3,290 tonnes a year earlier, and overall imports of this grade of ethylene copolymer into the Russian Federation rose in January-August 2021 by 26,36% year on year to 30,26 tonnes (23,950 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020).

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,700 employees worldwide and had 2020 net sales of USD5.7 billion.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:vinilacetat, EVA, copolymer, ethylene, Celanese, China, USA.
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