The DOE Better Plants designation is bestowed to organizations that are making “outstanding accomplishments in implementing and promoting the practices, principles and procedures of energy management,” says Lineage.
The DOE recognized Lineage for pioneering a way to improve energy productivity using a process the company calls “flywheeling,” which manages energy consumption using a proprietary machine-learning technology to reduce both cost and waste.
“This great honor from the DOE is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, and it is quite humbling to be recognized as a leader in energy conservation. Flywheeling is one of the many ways Lineage lives our purpose of transforming the food supply chain to eliminate waste and help feed the world,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lineage.
Company Uses Its Own Tech
On average, each of the company’s more than 200 facilities across North America, Europe and Asia can store approximately 24,000 pallets of inventory, the equivalent of approximately 770,000 home freezers, says the company. Lineage’s North American power consumption is approximately equivalent to that of a mid-sized US city.
“We are entrusted with ensuring that billions of pounds of food across the United States and the globe are kept at optimal temperatures throughout the supply chain, and we are obsessed with finding new ways to do this even more safely and efficiently than has ever been done before,” Said Michael J. McClendon President, Lineage Europe & EVP, Network Optimization.
“Better Plants partners such as Lineage Logistics are implementing innovative energy efficiency solutions in the industrial space that are cutting costs and energy-use and the Better Practice Awards honor their leadership,” said Valri Lightner, DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office Acting Director.
Lineage will be formally recognized at the upcoming Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Arlington, Virginia, on July 10-11. During the summit, Lineage will present its project as part of the “Best of the Betters” session.