2015 Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants Announced

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Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2016 4:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2015. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a significant amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $476 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than five million metric tons. From building corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA's Energy Star program.

"Energy Star certified manufacturing plants are driving the kinds of efficiencies and innovations that keep our country strong," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "They're proving every day that businesses can save on energy, cut down on bills, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions all at the same time."

Since 2006, EPA has certified manufacturing plants with the Energy Star for reaching the top 25 percent of energy performance in their industries nationwide each year. Energy Star certified plants must have their energy performance independently verified. Plants from the automotive, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and petroleum refining industries are among those that qualified in 2015.

Throughout 2016, many Energy Star certified plants will be hosting events at their facilities to showcase their energy-saving strategies that are delivering top energy performance.

Since the inception of EPA's Energy Star certification, a total of 148 manufacturing plants have achieved this distinction. These plants have saved more than 618 trillion British thermal units in energy, equal to preventing more than 41 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and saving enough energy to provide the total yearly energy needs for approximately 3.5 million American households.

EPA provides industry-specific Energy Star plant benchmarking tools to help industry measure energy performance. These tools are available for 11 manufacturing sectors and enable companies to compare a plant's energy performance against those of its industry counterparts and empower manufacturers to set informed improvement goals.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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