At the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) annual international banquet, the association named Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), as the recipient of its Corporate Energy Management Award. In conferring this honor, AEE affirmed that “Mercury Marine is a steward of the environment, driven by environmentally responsible production and sustainable energy management.”
Chris Drees, President of Mercury, attended the event virtually and delivered a recorded acceptance speech which was broadcast during the proceedings live. The awards banquet was part of the 2021 EEA Global Energy Conference and Exhibition, which kicked off today and continues through Friday as an in-person and virtual event. The annual conference brings together the world’s best minds in the field of energy engineering to discuss energy management, efficiency, automation, data analytics, policy, sourcing, purchasing, sustainability and more.
“As a global manufacturer of marine engines and related technologies with more than $ 3 billion in annual sales, Mercury takes its energy management very seriously,” Drees said in his acceptance remarks. “Our energy conservation initiatives are essential in helping us meet our financial and sustainability goals. We are investing in solar panels and other renewables, helping us to derive no less than 50% of our business electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2030. To save energy, we are modernizing HVAC and compressed air systems, by installing more energy – efficient equipment, redirecting heat generated by manufacturing for multiple purposes and modernizing our facilities with more natural lighting and passive heating.
In January, Mercury announced the second installation in which it completed the installation of a solar panel on the roof. The new die sits atop the company’s warehouse at its manufacturing campus at the global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The network includes 320 panels and will produce enough electricity to light the operation of the company’s warehouse in Fond du Lac for the next 30 years.
Mercury launched its first solar project in 2017 with the installation of a 2,000-panel array at the company’s European headquarters in Petit Rechain, Belgium. This solar panel, combined with improved on-site insulation, reduces the amount of electricity the facility draws from the grid by 33%, reducing facility utility costs and enabling substantial use of clean energy. and sustainable.
By announcing the second line earlier this year, Dress reinforced its company’s commitment to sustainable energy management. “These steps will combine with many others over the next 10 years to increase the proportion of energy we will derive from renewable sources,” said Drees. “We are committed to focusing on sustainable business practices, including investing in renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint. We will continue to strengthen our commitment to sustainability in all of our global locations, ”he said.