Greener coins in your pocket? We’re not talking about tarnished pennies here, but rather, the United States Mint’s recent announcement that its West Point, N.Y., facility has been accepted in the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Superior Energy Performance program, in the Northeast energy management demonstration project. According to to the Mint, enrollment in this program is one of the steps the bureau is taking to “‘green’ the production of America’s coins.”
“The production of coins is a natural-resource intensive process,” the Mint said. “Sustainability projects that reduce the United States Mint’s energy, water and material use during coin production will cut costs. These sustainability projects will have the added social benefits of reducing air pollution, water pollution, solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Superior Energy Performance project, expected to launch in 2012, is a certification program designed to provide industrial facilities with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. Using a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices, the program is expected to help the West Point facility reduce its energy use, saving cash and carbon emissions.
To qualify for certification through the program, the United States Mint at West Point will implement the new ISO 50001 energy management standard and improve its energy performance by at least 5 percent over a three-year period. (The ISO 50001 energy management standard is an international framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organizations to manage energy, including procurement and use.) Working with this standard, the Mint facility will gain technical and management strategies for increasing its overall energy efficiency, reducing costs and improving environmental performance.
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