DOE Celebrates Energy Wins from Better Buildings Initative - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  May 18, 2021

DOE Celebrates Energy Wins from Better Buildings Initative

The U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year.

A new report released by the DOE details the successes of the initiative, which was run in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners. The program focuses on accelerating investment upgrades and products to improve the energy efficiency of homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants.

“Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. “In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities.”

More than 30 U.S. Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 top U.S. employers, 12% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13% of total commercial building space have been represented by the Better Buildings Initiative. 

Some other successes of the initiative include more than $26 billion in financing from Financial Allies for energy projects, a projected $95 million in savings through the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, and more than 400 organizations joining the Better Buildings Residential Network.

With the report, the DOE also announced its new Low Carbon Pilot in partnership with more than 50 automakers, food service companies, universities, and local governments to pursue low-carbon strategies.

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