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Energy Star Challenge for Industry

Energy Star Challenge for Industry

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About the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a global call-to-action for industrial sites to reduce their energy intensity by 10 percent within 5 years.

A site with mixed uses (such as those which include research and development, administration, and manufacturing) may participate in the Challenge as long as the manufacturing and research and development energy use makes up at least 50 percent of the site’s total energy use. Research and development space, for the purposes of the Challenge, includes laboratories, vivariums, clean rooms, product testing labs, and other areas requiring ventilation rates much higher than typical office and administrative spaces.

Sites around the world can participate, as long as the parent company is an ENERGY STAR partner and operates industrial sites within the U.S. or its territories.


A road map to help you navigate

EPA consolidated best practices from thousands of organizations into one step-by-step road map for continuous improvement. Read more about the process by downloading the full ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management.

ENERGY STAR Guidelines for energy management

The steps

It’s easy to participate in the Challenge. The steps are:

  1. Establish an energy intensity metric;
  2. Select an energy tracking method;
  3. Set a baseline (any recent 12-month period) and 10 percent improvement goal;
  4. Create a file for all documents and a plan for tracking data;
  5. Register for the Challenge;
  6. Track energy use and achieve the 10 percent reduction; and
  7. Verify energy savings and apply for recognition.


Any industrial site whose primary activity is classified within NAICS codes 31-33, 21, or 11 can participate.

Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award

Organizations who have consistently earned Partner of the Year for several years in a row may be awarded Sustained Excellence.

Many green building rating systems know that you can’t have a green building unless its energy efficient, and they recognize ENERGY STAR as the leading symbol for energy efficiency. That’s why ENERGY STAR is incorporated into top green building certification systems and listings. Here are just a few.

  • U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification
  • The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes system
  • The U.S. Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
  • Travelocity
  • Co-Star
  • Honest Buildings
  • AAA Tour Book
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools
  • AIA 2030 Commitment
  • The Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction.

Energy Start Plan Certification

EPA distinguishes the best performing plants within an industry with ENERGY STAR certification.

Select manufacturing plants located in the U.S. and its territories can earn ENERGY STAR certification and display the ENERGY STAR similar to those seen on appliances and electronics in the marketplace. Manufacturing plants must achieve an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher using an industry-specific ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator (EPI). EPIs, EPA’s benchmarking tools for industrial plants, measure a plant’s energy performance and compare it to that of similar plants nationwide, generating an ENERGY STAR score on a scale of 1 to 100.

Determining eligibility

Manufacturing plants must satisfy the plant description located within the “instructions” sheet of the applicable industry-specific EPI, score 75 or higher using the appropriate EPI, and satisfy an environmental compliance screen.

Eligible plant types

  • Auto Assembly
  • Cement
  • Container Glass
  • Cookie & Cracker
  • Flat Glass
  • Frozen Fried Potato Processing
  • Integrated Paper Mill
  • Juice Processing
  • Petroleum Refining (private system)
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp Mill
  • Wet Corn Milling


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