Bimbo Bakeries USA Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award For the Fifth Year in a Row
For the fifth year in a row, Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) is honored to receive the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award from the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy in recognition of its company-wide commitment to energy management strategy and leadership in the baking industry.
Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. The Sustained Excellence honor is given to businesses that have consistently earned Partner of the Year for several years in a row.
BBU is committed to Nourishing a Better World and has made progress to strengthen measures to prevent, reduce, or eliminate carbon emissions in our organizations. This is achieved directly by transitioning to 100% renewable energy, moving to electric vehicles, implementing efficient energy strategies across all operations and supporting our partners in reducing their emissions through best practices.
“We aim to nourish the wellbeing of our people and our planet every day, and our partnership with EPA ENERGY STAR serves to enhance these goals,” said Chris Wolfe, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability.
Key accomplishments for Bimbo Bakeries USA in 2021 include:
- Earned ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency at 18 BBU facilities across the country, setting the record for the most ENERGY STAR certified plants of any company in any industry.
- Won the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry at two bakeries, Atlanta, GA and La Crosse, WI. The Atlanta bakery reduced its energy intensity by 17.8% and La Crosse by 10.3% within two years. This is the Atlanta bakery’s second time meeting this goal.
- Joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. This Partnership encourages companies to use green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. BBU uses nearly 418 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually, which is enough green power to meet 100% of the organization's electricity use.
- Entered into an Energy Services Agreement with GreenStruxure to design, build, own, operate and maintain on-site renewable energy microgrid at six California bakeries. The six bakeries – Montebello, Placentia, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, South San Francisco, and Sacramento – were chosen based on their energy intensity, increasing utility electricity costs and highest decarbonization impact.