US Manufacturers Save $1 Billion Through Energy Efficiencies

THE U.S. Energy Department today recognized more than 120 manufacturers that are making smart investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve their bottom lines.

The recognition supports the current administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help businesses save money and energy.

Through the U.S.’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants), over 1,750 plants across the United States have saved about $1 billion in energy costs and approximately 190 trillion British thermal units – equivalent to about 11 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

“Through the Better Plants program, American manufacturers are cutting energy waste and saving millions of dollars each year,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan. “These manufacturers are leading by example – demonstrating the promise of energy efficiency, increasing competitiveness in the private sector and reducing harmful carbon pollution.”

Across the United States, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Program, American manufacturers sign a voluntary pledge to reduce energy intensity by about 25 percent over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector.

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is part of President Obama’s broader Better Buildings Initiative to help American commercial and industrial buildings become at least 20 percent more energy efficient over the next 10 years.

The Initiative also includes the Better Buildings Challenge through which U.S. companies, universities, school districts and state and local governments have committed to reducing energy use across their building portfolios by 20 percent or more. Thirteen U.S. manufacturers have stepped up to the Better Plants Challenge, the industrial component of the Better Buildings Challenge, to achieve portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency and help overcome financial and technical barriers across the marketplace.

Picture of AT&T building Mikerussell at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Friday 27th September 2013


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