Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - February 29, 2016
EPA recognizes 70 manufacturing plants with 2015 Energy Star certifications
The U.S. EPA announced Feb. 24 that 70 manufacturing plants were recognized for superior energy performance in 2015 by receiving Energy Star certification.
In addition to saving record amounts of energy, these plants cut their energy bills by $476 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than five million metric tons, which is equal to the average annual energy use of more than 450,500 households, the EPA said in a news release.
Among the industries recognized were auto assembly; cement manufacturing; container glass manufacturing; cookie and cracker baking; frozen fried potato processing; juice processing; petroleum refining; pharmaceutical manufacturing; and wet corn mills.
“Energy Star certified manufacturing plants are driving the kinds of efficiencies and innovations that keep our country strong,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement. "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.”
Honda, Nissan and Toyota were the three car companies recognized. ConAgra, Marathon Refining, Phillips 66, Bayer and Merck are some other major brand names that stepped up energy efficiency in 2015.