AISI Wins the American Council for an Energey-Efficient Economy's Champion of Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for Achievement in Promoting Energy-Efficient Economies

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2009 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has been honored with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) Champion of Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for Achievement in Promoting Energy-Efficient Economies in the category covering Industrial Leadership.   The award, presented at the 2009 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Niagara Falls, NY, recognizes leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field.

“The domestic steel industry is very appreciative of receiving this award as we have worked tirelessly to become the greenest place on the planet to make steel,” said Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO.
Under the leadership of AISI, the U.S. steel industry has been focused on reducing its energy intensity since 1990 (the Kyoto base year). Through widespread implementation of new technology, such as flat-rolled steelmaking via electric furnace and thin slab caster and application of advanced process modeling, increased recycling, and internal efficiencies, the U.S. steel industry has reduced energy use per ton of steel produced by 33 percent.

AISI tracks energy intensity annually and publishes this industry average in order to assist its members in determining their position versus the average.  By setting up this system, individual companies continue to strive for greater energy efficiencies, leading to reduced CO2 generation.

In terms of recycling performance, over the past two decades the U.S. steel industry initiated an innovative approach to increase the recycling of steel containers.  This effort increased the recycling rate of this particular category from the mid-teens in 1990 to the latest EPA published achievement of 64.3% in 2007.  This achievement positions the steel package as the most recycled food and beverage package in the United States and provides the U.S. steel industry with over one million extra tons of steel scrap per year, resulting in reduced energy consumption.

In addition, the Institute’s research programs occur in large part in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and have been focused on process control, process modeling and energy improvements since 1990.  Together, the steel industry and DOE have invested over $70 million dollars of industry and government funds on the issue of energy efficiency.

AISI is one of three 2009 “Champions” who were nominated by their peers and selected by the Awards Committee of ACEEE’s Board of Directors. ACEEE received 56 nominations for this year’s Champions of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award. Selection criteria were based on the nominee’s impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the material of choice.  AISI plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115