Flint Hills Resources Houston, a Koch Industries company, was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for 2017. The award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the EPA and was recently presented to Flint Hills Resources at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is the latest recognition of Flint Hills Resources and Koch Industries commitment to being responsible corporate stewards, following more than 1,200 safety and environmental awards since 2009. In 2015 and 2016, Koch invested more than $600 million in energy efficiency projects across its businesses.
While its businesses have grown, Koch has experienced a 33 percent reduction in production-related waste since 2012, according to EPA's Toxics Release Inventory Report. Of the waste produced and reported to EPA at Koch facilities in 2015, 92 percent was recycled, recovered for energy or treated—a total of 605 million pounds. In the same year, Koch was named a top-rated company by EPA for pollution prevention initiatives. Koch has received first- or second-ranking in this category for the past three years in a row.
“At Flint Hills Resources Houston, we continuously strive for excellence in all things, we incorporate energy efficiency measures into all of our processes to improve and optimize our operations, helping to ensure we are being both good stewards of the environment and good neighbors in the communities where we work and live, said James Rhame, Site Manager, Flint Hills Resources Houston.