Energy Efficiency Program Saves U.S. Manufacturers $1 Billion

October 23, 2013

The Energy Department on September 25 recognized more than 120 manufacturers that are investing to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve their bottom lines. Through the Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, more than 1,750 plants across the United States have saved about $1 billion in energy costs and the equivalent to about 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

U.S. manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Program, American manufacturers sign a voluntary pledge to reduce energy intensity by about 25% over ten years, or an equally ambitious level for their sector. To date, participating companies represent nearly 8% of the total U.S. manufacturing energy footprint.

The Better Plants Program supports the Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, a cross-cutting effort to ensure U.S. manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace. 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% 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% or more. See the Energy Department press release and the Better Plants progress updatePDF.