Manufacturing Industry Ups Energy Efficiency

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 240 manufacturing sites have responded to the Energy Star Challenge for Industry since last year and 34 of them have improved their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more, resulting in a total energy savings of more than 2 trillion Btu (British thermal units)–enough energy to power 37,000 homes for a year.

While clearly not many of those who tried to meet the EPA’s challenge to increase energy efficiency by 10% have met the goal in their first year (the challenge runs for five), those companies that did encompassed both small and large manufacturing facilities, demonstrating that efficiency opportunities exist across all sectors of industry. Companies that achieved the 10% efficiency goal included those in aerospace, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and motor vehicle manufacturing.

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Many of these companies reported doing so via low-cost energy management practices and improved operations, with guidance from EPA’s Energy Star program.

Under the terms of the challenge, companies report their baseline energy use and operating costs then seek to improve those numbers by 10% within five years by implementing energy efficiency projects and tracking energy use. Hundreds of industrial companies across nearly a dozen manufacturing industries are currently working with the Energy Star program to make this goal a reality.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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