Bryan Kilgore for Zondits, March 18, 2015
We’ve all seen the ENERGY STAR appliances, emblazoned with yellow stickers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declaring them champions of efficiency. But did you know that a manufacturing facility that shows exemplary energy performance compared to others within their industry sector can become ENERGY STAR certified?
One facility is benchmarked to measure the plant’s energy performance, which is then compared to similar facilities nationwide. An ENERGY STAR score from 1 to 100 is developed, and facilities scoring 75 or higher become eligible for the ENERGY STAR certification if they also satisfy an environmental compliance screening. In 2014, 70 manufacturing facilities obtained the EPA ENERGY STAR certification, proving their commitment and leadership in energy efficiency. These facilities came from a wide range of sectors including cement, container glass, food processing, auto, refineries, and pharmaceuticals.
EPA Announces 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States/ Across the country, Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries by saving energy and money, combating climate change
EPA, March 9, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today 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, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.
“Energy Star certified manufacturing plants are leading their industries by advancing energy efficiency and making cost-saving improvements while combating climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through their work with EPA, the 2014 Energy Star manufacturing plants are demonstrating that making sustainability and energy efficiency improvements is a smart business decision.”
Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached 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:
· ConAgra Foods’ American Falls, Idaho frozen fried potato processing plant;
· ConAgra Foods’ Ogden, Utah cookie and cracker baking plant;
· Essroc Cement Corp.’s Martinsburg, W.Va. cement manufacturing plant;
· Essroc Cement Corp.’s Nazareth, Pa. cement manufacturing plant;
· Lehigh Cement’s Glen Falls, N.Y. cement manufacturing plant;
· Lehigh Cement’s Leeds, Ala. cement manufacturing plant; and
· 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, equal to preventing more than 36 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and 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 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.