April 20, 2010
Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. Recognized for Environmental Leadership
Worcester, MA – April 20, 2010 - At a ceremony today, representatives of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program and state legislators presented Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. with an award to acknowledge the company’s environmental leadership.
Allegro MicroSystems, an employer of 500 people in Worcester, Massachusetts, is one of 17 companies across the Commonwealth being recognized by the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program as a “TURA 20th Anniversary Leader.” The awards and facility tours are intended to showcase environmental accomplishments—use of safer materials, waste reductions and energy savings—since the Toxics Use Reduction Act was enacted in 1989.
“By continuously working since 1990 to identify and replace toxic chemical use, Allegro has achieved impressive results, both from an environmental and financial perspective,” said Scott Fortier, team leader and trainer at the State’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA). “On the forefront of environmental innovation for many years, the company has continuously shared its extensive knowledge with other companies through TURA trainings and workshops, which has helped make Massachusetts safer for everyone.”
Allegro’s usage of targeted chemicals has been reduced by 61 percent annually
Allegro’s usage of targeted chemicals has been reduced by 61 percent annually. With its Toxic Use Reduction Program in place, the company has reduced byproduct generated for reported chemicals by 64 percent and has reduced emissions by 88 percent.
“This is a special recognition for us because our Toxics Use Reduction team works hard to achieve these results,” said Don Alger, Senior Environmental Engineer of Allegro MicroSystems. “Our active Toxics Use Reduction and resource conservation program at our headquarters facility in Worcester has been a contributing factor of our competitiveness in the industry.”
The Toxics Use Reduction Act was expanded in 2006 to include water conservation, energy conservation and waste reduction — and Allegro has achieved significant improvements in these areas as well. As part of its ongoing resource conservation efforts, Allegro has reduced water use by 65 percent, or 94 million gallons a year between 1996 and 2009. During this same period it has reduced oil/natural gas consumption by 14 percent and electricity by 21 percent. Also during this period Allegro has reduced waste generation of items such as chemical containers, cardboard, scrap metal, and regular trash by 398 tons or 82 percent, with the reduction of 25 tons occurring in 2009 alone.
The Toxics Use Reduction Act does not ban chemical use but requires companies to evaluate toxic chemical use, submit usage reports and plans to the state that assess the financial implications of switching to safer alternatives or making changes in production. Since 1989, Massachusetts companies voluntarily reduced toxic chemical use by 41 percent, waste by 71 percent and on-site releases by 91 percent.
About Allegro MicroSystems, Inc.
Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance power and Hall-effect sensor integrated circuits. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive, communications, computer/office automation, consumer and industrial markets. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts with design and applications centers located in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Further information about Allegro can be found at www.allegromicro.com.
About the Toxics Use Reduction Act Program
Twenty years ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed landmark legislation—the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). Today, the TURA Program is considered a model environmental policy by other states and countries. The three agencies below have provided training, grants, technical assistance and support to help companies reduce toxic chemical use and costs, improve health and safety and establish new green markets.
- Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Provides education, training, and grants for Massachusetts industry and communities; sponsors research and demonstration sites on safer materials and technologies; provides policy analysis; and manages the TURA Science Advisory Board.
- Office of Technical Assistance & Technology (OTA). A non-regulatory agency within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that provides free, confidential, on-site technical and compliance consultations to Massachusetts businesses and institutions.
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Certifies Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Planners, receives and reviews toxics use reports submitted by companies, provides guidance, takes enforcement actions, and collects chemical use data and makes it available to the public.