On September 23, the Energy Department announced that 12 partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have met their energy or water savings goals this year. Plus, 30 new partners have joined the program—representing significant growth for the program to accelerate progress in energy and water savings. With these new members, Better Plants partners now represent more than 11% of the manufacturing sector's total energy footprint, with more than 2,500 facilities across the United States. So far, partners have reported cumulative energy savings of 600 trillion Btu, and nearly 35 million metric tons of avoided climate-changing carbon emissions.
Since President Obama launched the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program five years ago, partners have saved more than $3 billion in cumulative energy costs.The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is part of the broader Better Buildings Initiative, launched in 2011. The program's goal is to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient within the first 10 years after each partner.
See the Energy Department news release.