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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes Quad’s Sussex, Wisconsin Facility for Achieving 50001 Ready

Quad Sussex campusThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes Quad’s Sussex, WI facility for achieving DOE 50001 Ready recognition. With approximately 15,000 employees worldwide, Quad is a 51-year-old global marketing experience company with a strong foundation in print. The company operates approximately 40 printing locations throughout North America, South America, and Europe.

Quad was proud to achieve 50001 Ready status at its Sussex, Wisconsin, facility in May 2022. This facility also serves as the company’s global headquarters. While working toward attaining this status, Sussex’s cross-departmental energy management team shifted priorities from project-based to program-based, focusing on a continuous energy management improvement approach.

50001 Ready provided Quad with a roadmap and templates to help expedite implementation of an energy management system, including identifying significant energy users. Use of the 50001 Ready Navigator tool helped the energy management team identify inefficient equipment and processes. The installation of high-speed, high-output presses in 2019 allowed Sussex to retire older, less efficient equipment. The new presses use 41% less electricity and 33% less gas per printed page. In 2020, the introduction of a new printing plate processing method was adopted at five plants, including Sussex, cutting overall CO2 emissions across all 5 plants by 1,270 metric tons annually. Industrial chiller replacement has also helped further decarbonization at Sussex, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 376 metric tons. The Sussex site has improved its processes and procedures to make them more efficient, not only reducing energy costs but also lowering maintenance expenses and improving line speed and performance.

Four of Quad’s facilities have achieved 50001 Ready status: West Allis, Wisconsin (2019); Hartford, Wisconsin (2021); and Saratoga Springs, New York (2022). The company is considering pursuing 50001 Ready at additional locations in the coming years.

DOE’s 50001 Ready program, managed by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), provides a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and more sustained energy savings.

Learn more about energy management at Quad’s Sussex facility.