2015 Better Plants Progress Update
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants) is working with leading manufacturers to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Better Plants is part of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, a multi-sector effort with the overarching goal of significantly improving the energy efficiency of commercial, residential, and industrial buildings in the United States. Through the Better Plants program, manufacturers set a specific goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations. Industrial organizations may also commit to the higher-level Better Plants Challenge and share their energy performance data and energy-efficiency solutions—in addition to setting an energy-saving goal—so that many more companies can see a pathway to savings. DOE supports these efforts with technical assistance and national recognition.