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Manufacturing Goes Green: NAM and EPA Team Up to Reduce Energy Use

New York, Apr 28, 2008

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), both members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to improve the industrial energy efficiency of U.S. manufacturers.

Manufacturers are responsible for one third of the total energy use in the U.S., giving them tremendous power to reduce the nation’s total energy expenditure. As a result of this MOU, NAM will challenge its member organizations to reduce their energy use by 10% or more. With energy conservation of this magnitude, manufacturers would save nearly 10.4 billion dollars and enough energy to power 10 million American homes for a year.

Other Resources for Manufacturers

The Superior Energy Performance partnership, a public-private collaboration that includes representatives from U.S. industry, the Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, NAM, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and ANSI, launched in 2007 a new online resource that provides manufacturers with a comprehensive listing of energy efficiency and conservation resources.

Accessible at, freely available documents, training programs, spreadsheets, case studies, and other resources help manufacturers to develop practicable energy management programs that will increase their global competitiveness and reduce overall costs.

For more information about Energy Quick Start and other initiatives being developed by the Superior Energy Performance partnership, visit or read the ANSI Online news item.

This agreement will be closely tied to EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge program, a voluntary initiative that promotes energy efficiency to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. According to the MOU, EPA will provide guidance and a variety of tools to assist manufacturers in their quest for energy efficiency, including:

  • Tools for energy management program development guidance and management
  • Listings of energy service and product providers
  • Energy program design consultation
  • End-user networks (organized by industrial sector)
  • Web-based energy management trainings
  • Formal recognition of energy performance achievements
  • Products which have earned the ENERGY STAR
  • Education, training, awareness and communication campaigns

NAM intends to spread the message of the ENERGY STAR Challenge to its members, promoting reduced energy use through energy tracking and goal setting, as well as the use of ENERGY STAR resources. NAM has also pledged to help the EPA track energy use among manufacturers, evaluating the performance of this initiative based upon several metrics, including:

  • Number of manufacturers using the portal successfully
  • Number and percentage of participating companies with a defined energy management program as defined by USEPA
  • Number and percentage of participating companies having established energy savings goals and showing progress in attaining these goals
  • Annual BTU savings
  • Annual carbon savings
  • Achievements with the ENERGY STAR Challenge

The MOU between NAM and the EPA is available for public review here on the NAM website.

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