by Brianna Crandall — January 24, 2022 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently celebrated the 580 manufacturing plants that achieved the energy savings goals set out by EPA 10 years ago to drive energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Through the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, manufacturing plants agreed to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. These 580 plants nearly doubled this goal.
On average, plants that met this challenge reduced their energy intensity by 19% within an average of two years. More than 100 plants have taken the challenge twice in a row, achieving reductions of more than 10% each time. Together, these plants have prevented more than 17 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere and saved more than $443 million in energy costs.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan stated:
Tackling the climate crisis requires everyone coming together to reduce pollution, and our industry partners have shown that we can accomplish this while improving energy efficiency and achieving millions in cost savings in the process. Companies that have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry have demonstrated the business case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency, and we encourage more companies to accept the challenge and help America transition to a clean energy future.
EPA works in partnership with manufacturers to accept the Energy Star Challenge for Industry and pledge to reduce their plant’s energy intensity through improved energy management. As an element of the Energy Star industrial program, the challenge drives energy savings in individual plants by motivating employees and raising the visibility of energy management activities, often through low- and no-cost operational measures.
Since 2010, more than 150 manufacturing companies have taken the pledge on behalf of more than 1,800 manufacturing plants. Participating plants can be found in nearly every state and more than 60 countries around the world. Plants represent dozens of industrial sectors, including automobile manufacturing, paper milling, bread and roll bakeries, pharmaceuticals, cement, glass, electronics and textiles.
For more information on the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, a list of plants that achieved the 10% improvement goal within five years, and numerous energy efficiency tools and resources, visit the Energy Star website.
Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses have relied on since 1992 to make well-informed decisions. For state-by-state data on Energy Star, see the Energy Star State Fact Sheets.