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Certifying U.S. Manufacturing Plants for Energy Efficiency
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U.S. industry has the capacity to significantly improve its overall energy performance and help meet both private-sector and national goals for energy and the environment. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) is partnering with industry to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity over a 10 year period—and also contribute to an 18% reduction in carbon intensity economy-wide by 2012. To expedite progress in achieving these targets, the Superior Energy Performance partnership1 , a collaboration involving ITP, many industrial companies, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), non-profits, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is facilitating the development of energy management and certification standards for manufacturing plants. To become certified, a plant would need to adopt energy management practices meeting the ANSI standards and demonstrate continual improvement in energy intensity. Certification of plants would provide strong incentive and recognition for effective plant energy management and would lay the groundwork for energy efficiency and carbon reduction that would favorably position the plant in achieving greater market value. The paper will describe the overall strategy of certifying manufacturing plants and how plant certification fits into the DOE Industrial Technologies Program overall strategy to partner with industrial companies and entire manufacturing supply chains to improve energy intensity by 25% in 10 years.
Scheihing, P.; Schultz, S.; Almaguer, J. (2008). Certifying U.S. Manufacturing Plants for Energy Efficiency. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from