Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries. All thereby saving energy and money, therefore combating climate change.

ATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014.

Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy. I mean cut their energy bills consequently by $725 million. Also they reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons. That’s the equivalent therefore of the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households.

So from implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects. It seems like there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.

Energy Star manufacturing plants

In addition, Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis. All to consequently reach the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide.

Among these are plants from the auto assembly, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining industries.

Seven are certified for the first time:
1. American Falls ConAgra Foods’, Idaho frozen fried potato processing plant

2. Ogden ConAgra Foods, Utah cookie and cracker baking plant

3. Martinsburg, Essroc Cement Corp.’sc, W.Va. cement manufacturing plant

4. Essroc Cement Corp.’s Nazareth, Pa. cement manufacturing plant

5. Glens Falls, NY Lehigh Cement’s Glen cement manufacturing plant

6. Lehigh Cement’s Leeds, Ala. cement manufacturing plant

7. Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Illinois Refining Division petroleum refinery.

Since the inception of EPA’s Energy Star certification, a total of 139 manufacturing plants have achieved this distinction. These plants have saved over 530 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) in energy. That’s equal to preventing more than 36 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. In other words, saving enough energy to provide the total yearly energy needs of approximately 3 million American households.

EPA provides industry-specific Energy Star plant benchmarking tools. All to help industry measure energy performance.

These are available or under development for more than 20 manufacturing sectors. Energy Star benchmarks enable companies to compare a plant’s energy performance against those of its industry and empower manufacturers to set informed improvement goals.

Sources: energystar.gov and the USEPA

Finally and more information about Energy Star certified plants, see: www.energystar.gov/plants

Also, for specific plant profiles, see: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

To learn more about how Energy Star and industry work together, see: www.energystar.gov/industry