BMW Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Greer, Michelin North America Inc. of Lexington, and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics of Anderson were honored for their environmental performance with a renewed membership in the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) through 2017.
BMW Manufacturing began an Energy Task Force in 2010 to focus on energy and cost-saving initiatives throughout the facility. Through 2013, total realized energy savings were above 129,000 megawatt-hours, a 23 percent reduction. The company has also achieved a 69 percent reduction in waste going to the landfill.
Michelin North America uses its Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF) to track the worldwide impact of key environmental measures. With recent changes to Michelin’s tire manufacturing process, the company has reduced volatile organic compound emissions by 70 percent over existing tire-building processes.
Glen Raven is a zero waste-to-landfill facility, and over the past 12 months, the facility also had a 9.3 percent reduction in water usage and 3 percent reduction in energy use. The company replaced older light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs to aid in energy reduction. Glen Raven has also eliminated the use of nonylphenol ethoxylates from its furniture fabrics.