Submitted by Marathon Petroleum Corp.
January 14, 2022 /CSRwire/ - Recent recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrates how Marathon Petroleum’s commitment to energy efficiency doesn’t stop with its operational assets. Five refineries and the company’s San Antonio office building earned 2021 ENERGY STAR® certifications from the agency for achieving energy efficiency levels that rank in the top 25 percent of similar facilities across the country.
Refining’s Focus on Energy
The EPA uses the Solomon benchmarking firm's Energy Intensity Index® to compare a refinery's efficiency performance to the performance of similar industrial plants nationwide. This generates an ENERGY STAR® score on a scale of one to 100, and facilities must score 75 or higher to receive ENERGY STAR® certification. Our refineries that scored in the top quartile in 2021 are:
These same refineries also earned certifications last year when Marathon Petroleum became the first petroleum refiner ever to have five refineries earn certifications in one year. Since the ENERGY STAR® program began, our refineries have earned more certifications than all other refining companies combined.
A primary factor behind these achievements is the Refining organization’s Focus on Energy (FOE) program, which establishes key performance indicators to guide energy management across all sites. Through the third quarter of 2021 alone, FOE initiatives contributed to avoiding more than 125,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions and reducing energy costs by $6 million.
The ENERGY STAR® certification for the 659,000-square-foot San Antonio office complex was its first certification since 2018 and its fifth overall. To become certified, commercial buildings must achieve an ENERGY STAR® score of 75 or higher, based on their energy use as calculated with the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. The score accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data and other considerations. The information in the certification application must also be verified by a licensed professional engineer or registered architect to be eligible for approval.
The EPA initiated the ENERGY STAR® program in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Refineries were first eligible for certification in 2006. The first ENERGY STAR® label awards for commercial office buildings came in 1999.
MPC is the nation's second-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.9 million barrels per calendar day in its six-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,600 independently owned retail outlets across 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,730 convenience stores in 21 states. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. Primarily through MPLX, MPC owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 10,800 miles of crude oil and light product pipelines. Also through MPLX, MPC has ownership interests in gathering and processing facilities with approximately 5.9 billion cubic feet per day of gathering capacity, 8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and 610,000 barrels per day of fractionation capacity. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, NGLs, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network and midstream service businesses in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.
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