The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized Argos Harleyville Plant as the winner of the 2020 Energy and Environment (E&E) Awards in the Energy Efficiency category because of its outstanding environmental and community relations efforts that go above and beyond what is required.

The Argos Harleyville cement plant has been focusing on improving overall energy management by reducing kiln specific heat consumption and increasing the utilization of the new vertical cement mill (VCM), which in turn lowered overall power consumption. The plant achieved both goals, reducing the kiln specific heat capacity by 7.5 percent, and producing all Type I cement in the VCM, lowering power consumption by 13 percent.

This facility also has had a very long and positive history in alternative fuel usage. In 2019, the plant achieved one of its highest alternative fuel substitution rates at 27 percent, which is the highest substitution level from an Argos plant in the last five years.

“We are proud to be recognized with these award that reaffirms our commitment to sustainability and to give value to our society. The responsible use of energy is an essential pillar of our company, and we work every day in the development and implementation of technologies that enable efficient use and strategic management of this resource.” María Isabel Echeverri, Argos Legal and Sustainability Vice-president.

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent over 90 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.

This award adds up to the ENERGY STAR® certification by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) granted to Argos Harleyville Plant because of its commitment with the improvement of energy performance by managing it strategically across the entire organization and with the preservation of natural resources.