The Energy Department has found that its Better Buildings, Better Plants program has helped industry participants collectively save more than $3 billion in energy costs since the program’s inception five years ago.
DOE said Friday that 12 current program partners have met their energy or water savings goals this year and 30 new partners have joined the program.
Participants now represent approximately 11 percent of the manufacturing sector’s total energy footprint with more than 2,500 facilities throughout the U.S., according to the department
“The progress that our Better Plants partners have made throughout the Obama Administration indicates that American companies are committed to reducing the energy footprint of their operations,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
“That commitment is essential for America to continue making important strides toward a low-carbon future,” Moniz added.
DOE named the following Better Plants goal-achievers for 2016:
- Daikin Applied Americas
- Expera Specialty Solutions
- General Dynamics’ ordnance and tactical systems business
- Graphic Packaging International
- Kingspan Insulated Panels
- Nissan North America
- OSRAM SYLVANIA
- United Technologies Corporation
- Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority
The Better Buildings, Better Plants program is part of DoE’s Better Buildings Initiative that aims to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over a 10-year period.