The International Magnesium Association (IMA) awarded environmentaly progressive and responsible companies in the 2011 International Environmental Responsibility Award competition. The award was announced at the 68th Annual World Magnesium Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic in May. The award was created in 2010 to recognize companies that are playing an active role in reducing the magnesium industry’s carbon footprint and that exemplify the global magnesium industry. It includes all aspects of the magnesium industry from primary production through end-user industries.
Awards can be given in two categories:
- Magnesium Production & Processing and
- Magnesium Applications and Components.
The award entries are judged on the basis of achieved and documented reduction of carbon dioxide equivalents.
The 2011 International Environmental Responsibility Award in Group 1, Magnesium Production & Processing, went to Meridian Magnesium Products of America, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Meridian was a founding member of the EPA’s Magnesium group. This group developed a Memorandum of Understanding committing its members to reduce or eliminate SF6 use in die casting by 20 IO. Meridian was the first member of the group to implement a reduction/elimination program by replacing SF6 with Novec 612 and S02 in its die casting operation and recycling operations. This was done in 2008. Meridian also helped author through Quality Tonnes the CDM Methodology AM0065. This methodology is available for use by all die casters, enabling them to generate carbon credits from the conversion to an alternate cover gas. The sale of these credits can, and has in some cases, assisted in funding the conversion.
Meridian has maintained a robust ISO 1400I system since 2001 to help manage its environmental performance. This system has generated over 50 objectives and targets, at its Eaton Rapids site, to reduce Meridians over all environmental impact. Through the above programs Meridian had lowered its Carbon emissions, per ton of metal produced, by 72% at its Eaton Rapids Facility.
There was no award presented this year in the Magnesium Applications and Components Category.