Green Lights encouraged us to see additional opportunities to prevent pollution that also give a good return on our investment. EPA's "work-together" approach and its recognition that industry needs a reasonable return on capital makes the Green Lights program ideal for us - the partnership approach and ability to custom-tailor implementation plans result in far greater savings that the most ambitious regulations.
Randal L. Tobias, Chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
Eli Lilly and Company of Indianapolis was one of the original partners in the EPA Green Lights Program. Lilly already had an aggressive corporate energy-saving program when they joined the program. After joining Green Lights, Lilly found that many of the company's specifications and guidelines did not incorporate the latest lighting technology -- and that many outside firms attempting to design cost-effective solutions often ignored the long-term savings potential of efficient lighting. According to the company, Green Lights helped identify better alternatives and achieve maximum savings from energy-efficient lighting. As a result of its partnership with EPA, Lilly expects its annual savings to rise to $3 million, three times more than originally anticipated.
After saving $23,500 in annual lighting costs form a $33,800 energy-efficient lighting project in a building that was already under construction, Lilly reviewed other construction projects for similar revisions. Lilly then extended its lighting upgrade work to existing facilities and now has more than 1 million square feet of Green Lights projects either completed or underway. Almost twice that amount is scheduled for upgrades in 1994.
Lilly is currently working with EPA on its new Energy Star Buildings program - designed to promote energy-efficient heating, cooling and air handling. Lilly has found that, by minimizing the production of waste heat from lighting, efficient lighting systems allow air condition and ventilation systems to be operated more efficiently and economically. Lilly and EPA are currently using one of the firm's building as a demonstration sit for energy-efficient air handing systems.