Better Plants Releases Progress Report, Recognizes Industrial Partners at WEEC Week

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 07, 2015

We were reminded of the might of American manufacturers last week, with the release of the Better Plants Progress Report, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) and World Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2.

The Better Plants Progress Report released the cumulative and individual successes of over 150 Better Plants partners, who have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years, through both incremental and sweeping improvements toward 25 percent energy reduction goals and ongoing knowledge sharing through the Better Plants Challenge.

WEEC week was full of conversations and panels, including a plenary with David Friedman, DOE’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, on strengthening the U.S. clean energy economy.

“The pace by which solutions are moving through the R&D pipeline to market is rapidly increasing,” Mr. Friedman noted. “What was once a stretch is now a light lift and what was once science fiction is now fact.”

This year public sector partners were highlighted in an unprecedented way, thanks to a new expansion into water and wastewater treatment agencies, who have committed to improve their energy efficiency by 25 percent over ten years. This includes Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, one of the nation’s largest and most complex water systems.

In addition to his plenary address at the annual World Energy Engineering Congress, Friedman also recognized the nine partners that have met their energy savings goals through Better Plants this year, including 3M, Bentley Mills, Harbec, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson & Johnson, Roche Diagnostics, Shaw Industries Group, Volvo Group North America, and Weyerhaeuser Wood Products. Company representatives received recognition certificates at a partners-only breakfast event, where it was announced that 3M and Volvo have committed to new goals of improving energy intensity by another 30% and 25%, respectively, over 10 years.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to our productive conversations around energy efficiency in the industrial sector, and connected with us through Twitter, LinkedIn at networking events and at our booth—we hope you enjoyed our 3-D printed Better Plants coasters and seeing the innovative printers at work!

If you’re interested in joining the Better Plants Program, please check here for more information, and email Bruce Lung for more information.

Be sure to check out media coverage of the Better Plants Progress Report, and stay tuned for more.