Mayfield Dairy plant reduces total energy intensity 11.4 percent
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ATHENS — In a positive step toward improving energy efficiency, local Athens Dean Foods plant Mayfield Dairy has met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's “ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry” by reducing its energy intensity by 11.4 percent.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings. The U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy.

Under the umbrella of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, EPA is working with Dean Foods and other companies to fight climate change through improvements in energy efficiency.

“We are thrilled to be part of the ENERGY STAR Challenge and very proud of the work that our plant has done to help protect the environment by improving our energy performance,” said Scott Watson, plant manager of the Athens Mayfield Dairy plant.

“Our facility strives to keep our environmental impact as low as possible, and receiving this recognition from the EPA demonstrates the progress that we’re making.”

In its efforts to meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge, Mayfield Dairy has optimized energy consumption by utilizing real time energy measurement and expanded controls, in addition to employing many other environmentally friendly initiatives ranging from the use of low-flow spray nozzles, compressed air loss studies and solutions, processing modifications to reduce natural gas and water, and high-efficiency lighting projects.

Dean Foods is an Energy Star Partner and has ranked as one of the top consumer products companies on the Carbon Disclosure Project's Leadership Index for three of the past four years.

The company first published environmental sustainability goals in 2009.

Earlier this year, the company released new 2020 environmental sustainability goals which include reducing greenhouse gases 25 percent and energy use 20 percent by 2020.