DOE Better Plants Program Marks Progress

Oct. 22, 2021
Department of Energy’s Better Plants industry partners save $9 billion in energy costs.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) releases the Fall 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants progress update. The report highlights more than 250 manufacturers and water utilities that have introduced energy efficiency and decarbonization measures, cumulatively saving $9.3 billion in energy costs and 1.9 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) -- more energy than the state of Wisconsin consumes in a year, according to the DOE. The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program aims to decarbonize the industrial sector and the progress and success of its partners achievements will help accelerate the Biden-Harris administration’s climate goals of a net-zero economy by 2050.

“The industrial sector is one of the hardest to decarbonize, but America’s market leaders are leaning into the challenge to deliver cleaner air for all,” says Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is helping industry partners develop, implement and share cutting-edge technologies and practices that save energy and money, protect our environment and increase our nation's competitiveness."

DOE’s Better Plants program partners include every major U.S. industrial sector representing almost 14% of the domestic manufacturing footprint and 3,500 facilities across the country. By joining Better Plants, partners voluntarily pledge to reduce portfolio-wide energy intensity by roughly 25% over 10 years. DOE works with partners to meet ambitious energy and sustainability goals by providing technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, technology validation and training and workforce development. More than 60 partner organizations have met and, in some cases, substantially exceeded the energy and water goals established by Better Plants.

Highlights from the 2021 Better Plants Annual Progress Update:

  • Alumalloy Metal Casting, AstraZeneca, Ford Motor Company, Orange Water and Sewer Authority, Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble and Steelcase achieve their energy intensity reduction goals in the past year.
  • Ingersoll Rand, Sherwin-Williams and Graphic Packaging previously achieve their energy intensity reduction goals and repledge with new goals this year.
  • In partnership with DOE’s National Laboratories, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Nissan North America, Toyota North America and Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. are selected to test and validate emerging clean energy technologies to improve water treatment efficiency in their facilities through the Industrial Technology Validation Pilot.

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