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Snyder: "Decarbonizing the industrial sector is one of our great challenges"

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The U.S. Department of Energy released the 2022 Better Plants Progress Update on Sept. 19.

The report focuses on the leadership of more than 270 manufacturers and water utilities partnered with the DOE to increase energy and water efficiency, according to a Sept. 22 news release. The partners have saved a total of $10.6 billion in energy costs, 2.2 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy, and more than 130 million metric tons of CO2.

"Decarbonizing the industrial sector is one of our great challenges,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Carolyn Snyder. “Better Plants partners are rising to the challenge and showing leadership by prioritizing energy efficiency and sharing best practices with their peers. Industrial partners save energy and money while creating good-paying jobs, strengthening our economy and driving market innovation.”

The Better Plants program's goal is to work in tandem with industrial partners to develop, implement and share technologies and practices to make energy and water utilities more efficient, as well as to reduce industrial facilities' greenhouse gas emissions. As a part of the Better Buildings Initiative, Better Plants partners voluntarily agree to reduce portfolio-wide energy intensity by 25% spanning 10 years.

One of the highlights of the Progress Update is the confirmation that several partners have achieved their energy intensity reduction goals in the past year and that more than 60 industrial organizations have joined the DOE's Better Climate Challenge. The Challenge is a national public-private partnership calling on organizations to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half in a decade's time and to share their solutions with the market.

In addition, 11 industrial organizations have recently become Better Plants partners: Acuity Brands, Brose North America, DENSO Corporation, Entegris, The Hershey Company, Hollingsworth and Vose, Lopez-Dorada Foods, Michael Foods, Nestlé, Phoenix Closures and West Lafayette Water Resource Recovery Facility. Furthermore, partners hosted 13 peer exchanges on topics related to industrial decarbonization, from carbon and accounting and reporting to renewables and electrification, among other subjects.

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