Amsterdam rolled and extruded aluminium leader Constellium N.V. said yesterday its plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been named an “exemplary environmental steward” by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
The plant, which supplies the growing automotive market in North America, boasts a nameplate capacity of 100 thousand metric tons per annum. Bowling Green’s operations were recognized as having the “Lowest Carbon Emissions” and “Most Improved Carbon Emissions” for its efforts in 2019.
Bowling Green’s Director of Manufacturing Steve Tua expressed his plant’s pride at recognition for its work in a related press release.
“We are very proud of these awards, which recognize the continuous improvements our team has made since this plant began production as a greenfield site. This validates our efforts as a company to advance our environmental mission. We want to thank Warren RECC, our utility provider, for helping us be as energy efficient as possible.”
Constellium’s Vice President Group Sustainability Catherine Athenes explained how operations at the plant arrived at its sustainability goals.
“These awards are a tribute to Constellium’s longstanding efforts to implement sustainability practices in our business. Our Bowling Green plant is an excellent example of our commitment to helping our automotive customers meet their lightweighting and emission reduction targets by producing advanced aluminium solutions in a sustainable way.”
TVA General Manager Ernie Peterson elaborated upon the award and its criteria.
“In an effort to encourage energy efficiency, TVA established annual carbon reduction awards for the top performing companies across the Seven State Valley. We are proud to present this award to Warren RECC’s customer, Constellium, for their dedication to energy efficiency and protecting the environment.”
The Bowling Green plant has striven to reduce the amount of power it uses on a daily basis over the past four years. Among the changes made were adjustments to the CALP line, wastewater treatment facility, and positive air pressure system.
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded 1855 as Henri Merle et Compagnie and subsequently renamed Pechiney in 1950. Pechiney was purchased by Alcan in 2003, which was purchased by Rio Tinto in 2007. In 2011 Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). Constellium produces rolled and extruded aluminium products from various alloys, bringing in €5.9 billion of revenue in 2019.