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EPA Announces Bimbo Bakeries USA in North Carolina as 2017 ENERGY STAR® Certified Manufacturing Plant
ATLANTA – (March 27, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Charlotte-based Bimbo Bakeries USA as one of 93 manufacturing plants that earned ENERGY STAR certification for their superior energy performance in 2017. Together, these plants reduced their energy bills by almost $340 million, saved over 60 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of energy, and achieved broad emissions reductions including 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The energy savings is enough to meet the annual energy needs of almost 360,000 American households.
“Earning ENERGY STAR certification is a real mark of excellence, highlighting companies that are leaders in cutting energy costs and reducing waste,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at EPA. “This program is in direct line with the administration’s priorities to support American manufacturing— greater efficiency fosters industrial development, greater competitiveness, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.”
“As an EnergyStar-certified manufacturing plant, Bimbo Bakeries is saving money on energy costs and increasing energy efficiency,” said EPA Regional Administrator Trey Glenn. “I congratulate them for their leadership and commitment to energy efficiency measures that will benefit their community and the environment."
The ENERGY STAR industrial program provides industry-specific energy benchmarking tools and other resources for 17 different types of manufacturing plants. These resources allow an industrial plant to compare its energy performance to others in the same industry and therefore establish meaningful energy performance goals. Plants from the automotive, baking, cement, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining sectors are among those that qualified in 2017.
About the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program
Each year since 2006, the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program has certified manufacturing plants with the ENERGY STAR for reaching the top 25 percent of energy performance in their industries nationwide. Over 190 plants have achieved this distinction since 2006. For more information, see: www.energystar.gov/plants. For specific plant profiles, see: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist. To learn more about how ENERGY STAR and industry work together, see: www.energystar.gov/industry
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy costs—while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.