ENERGY STAR shines bright in US emissions cuts

February 3, 2016

Millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced as a direct result of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, says a new report.

The report, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Advancing Industrial Energy Efficiency, 2000-2015, reviews the origins, design, and results of the ENERGY STAR industrial program over the past fifteen years, and demonstrates how energy efficiency is a cost-effective strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing sector.

The report states that over 36 million metric tons of greenhouse emissions have been avoided by industrial plants earning ENERGY STAR certification.

The US EPA expanded the ENERGY STAR program to the industrial sector in 2000, and, since then the program has engaged over 30 manufacturing sectors, partnered with nearly 800 companies, and developed numerous tools to advance strategic energy management.

For more information about the ENERGY STAR program’s work in the industrial sector, see