Corning’s Global Energy Management (GEM) program strategically manages the company’s global energy usage with consideration to energy productivity, power supply reliability, and environmental impact. GEM recently expanded its scope to include water management and a greater focus on renewable energy.
GEM’s mission is to "innovate and be responsible users of energy, water, and other natural resources. Inspired by Corning’s culture of innovation, GEM will continuously improve reliability, efficiency, and productivity in a quest to make customers and the company more competitive and to support healthier communities around the world."
GEM teams at every Corning facility around the world execute five strategies to achieve this mission:
- Continuously improve energy, water, and natural resource management in operations.
- Incorporate energy, water, and natural resource innovation in product development, product design, and manufacturing processes.
- Engage employees and suppliers in energy, water, and natural resource management.
- Ensure Corning meets customer requirements regarding energy, water, and natural resource utilization.
- Analyze and communicate Corning’s progress and successes in energy, water, and natural resource innovation to internal and external stakeholders.
“Corning’s energy management teams have increased the company’s energy efficiency by 35 percent. We will continue to invest in energy-reduction efforts, while assessing renewable energy sources to help make Corning a greener and more energy-efficient company,” said Dr. David Morse, Corning’s executive vice president and chief technology officer. “We have taken majors steps in this direction, including entering Apple’s China Clean Energy Fund, as well as a 25-year agreement to purchase electricity from a solar installation in Conetoe, North Carolina.”
Due to its efforts, GEM has helped Corning achieve the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for seven consecutive years, and several Corning plants have achieved the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry. Learn more about Corning's valued relationship with ENERGY STAR.