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EPA Releases Energy Standards to Improve Efficiency of Manufacturing Plants

New York, Aug 22, 2006

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the first-ever energy efficiency ratings for corn refineries and cement plants that will help to drive improved environmental performance and greater energy savings. The new energy performance indicators (EPIs) are part of the agency’s Energy Star Industrial Focus program that aims to boost energy performance within leading manufacturing sectors. The agency published EPIs for automobile manufacturing plants in 2005.

Developed in partnership with the cement and corn refining industries, the new EPIs will benchmark a manufacturing plant's total energy use and enable companies to determine a facility’s efficiency relative to the rest of the industry. Under the rating system, individual plants are scored against a scale from 1 through 100; recognition as an “efficient” plant requires a score of 75 or higher.

A reduction in the energy consumption in these industries by just 3%, the EPA says, would cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than three billion pounds and save enough electricity to power 187,000 American households.

Under the Energy Star Industrial Focus program, EPA offers energy management tools and resources for the pharmaceutical, petroleum refining, motor vehicle, food processing, and glass manufacturing industries. A separate focus for water and wastewater treatment facilities run by local governments and sanitary service companies is also headed by EPA.

According to EPA estimates, the Energy Star program saved the U.S. approximately $12 billion in energy bills in 2005 and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 23 million cars.

For additional information about the environmental performance indicators, visit All EPIs can be downloaded from the agency’s Energy Star website.

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