US manufacturers and water utilities save $10.6bn in energy costs

They partnered with the Department of Energy to increase energy and water efficiency

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More than 270 manufacturers and water utilities saw savings of $10.6 billion (£9.3bn) in energy costs and more than 130 metric tons of carbon dioxide through energy and water efficiency.

They partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) under Better Plants, part of the Better Buildings Initiative, which works with industrial partners to develop, implement and share technologies and best practice to increase energy and water efficiency and reduce emissions in manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities.

The partners – which have voluntarily pledged to reduce portfolio-wide energy intensity by 25% over 10 years – represent every major US industrial sector, comprising of 14% of the domestic manufacturing footprint and 3,600 facilities across the country.

One of the highlights from the 2022 Better Plants Progress Update include Legrand North & Central America, Deschutes Brewery, Nestlé Health Science and Intertape Polymer Group achieving their energy intensity reduction goals in the past year.

In addition, more than 60 industrial organisations to date have joined DOE’s Better Climate Challenge, a national public-private partnership calling on organisations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 10 years and share their solutions with the market.

Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency said: “Decarbonising the industrial sector is one of our great challenges.

“Better Plants partners are rising to the challenge and showing leadership by prioritising energy efficiency and sharing best practices with their peers. Industrial partners save energy and money while creating good-paying jobs, strengthening our economy and driving market innovation.”