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Performance Track

Logo - National Environmental Performance TrackEPA's Performance Track Program recognizes and encourages top environmental performance by private and public facilities in the United States. Performance Track facilities go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to achieve environmental excellence. Presently, the program has more than 420 members, including 42 in New England.

To encourage continuous environmental improvement, EPA offers incentives to companies to become Performance Track members. For example, EPA promotes the program and its members through national press releases and an annual national meeting during which the accomplishments of Performance Track members are recognized by the EPA Administrator and other top EPA officials. EPA New England also issues press releases and holds periodic roundtable meetings with the New England members. These meetings provide opportunities for members to network and share information. Members also discuss issues and provide feedback to senior regional and headquarters EPA officials. An additional incentive to Performance Track facilities is their designation as a low priority for routine EPA inspections. As a low inspection priority, member facilities can save the resources and time regularly spent preparing for and responding to inspections.

EPA New England's Performance Track members have achieved significant improvements in their environmental performance. Collectively between 2001 and 2005, New England Performance track member facilities have:

  • Decreased their use of energy by more than 334 billion British thermal units (334,000 MMBtu);
  • Decreased their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 23,470 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2E), an amount equivalent to an additional reduction of electricity purchases of 196,752 MMBtu;
  • Decreased water consumption by 397 million gallons;
  • Decreased the use of materials by over 13,000 tons;
  • Decreased solid (non-hazardous and hazardous) waste by almost 14,000 tons.

Noteworthy achievements for some of the individual facilities include:

  • International Paper, Androscoggin Mill, Jay, ME decreased materials usage (pulp fiber) by 57% through improved materials recovery and reduced waste between 2003 and 2005;
  • Fraser Papers of Madawaska, ME reduced waste sent to landfill by 60% by reusing paper sludge for composting between 2002 and 2005; and
  • Between 2003 and 2005, several facilities committed to water use reductions and reported their percentages of reduction and also their improvements in efficiency (as seen in Table 1).

Table 1. Water Use Reductions: Percent Reduction and Efficiency Improvement When Adjusted for Production Changes

Company

Water Use Reduction

Efficiency Improvement

Depuy Orthopaedics Raynham, MA

6%

32%

Teradyne, Inc. N. Reading, MA

18%

30%

BAE Systems Nashua, NH

23%

32%

Naval Underseas Warfare Center Division Newport Newport, RI

44%

41%

Gillette Company Andover, MA

8%

7%

Covanta of Mid-Connecticut Hartford, CT

10%

7%

Energy Challenge
Because the combustion of fossil fuels affects the health of New England's environment more than any other sector, we issued a challenge to the New England Performance Track facilities to cut their energy usage by 5% over a three-year period. Sixteen facilities are participating and agreed to track their progress on achieving these energy improvements and report annually. Options for achieving the goal are energy efficiency upgrades, installation of renewable energy systems on-site, use of combined heat and power, or the purchase of renewable energy certificates. Notable achievements by two of these facilities include:

  • US Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, which has reduced its GHG emissions by over 16%, over three times its commitment level; and
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings Astro Division in Laconia, NH, which reduced its energy usage by 40% in 2005, resulting in an improvement of 48% in efficiency when adjusted for production changes. The energy reductions were achieved through a comprehensive upgrade of multiple systems.

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