The American Bakers Association crossed a milestone reporting today that 104 bakeries are taking the EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge®. ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary government program administered by the U.S. EPA that works with electricity companies and businesses to promote energy efficiency. Bakers that take the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry pledge to reduce a manufacturing site’s energy intensity by 10 percent within five years or less.
“By reducing energy intensity, these plants will minimize their environmental footprint.” said Rasma Zvaners, American Bakers Association Policy Director. “The baking industry is embracing this program and is the second most active sector for the ENERGY STAR program. This is a notable achievement for our industry,” Zvaners said.
If these bakeries together reduce their energy intensity and use by 10% it could help prevent over 60,000 metric tons of CO2e and save over 768,000 million BTUs of energy. This is equivalent to:
- Eliminating the emissions from over 14,500 passenger vehicles; or
- Enough energy to power just over 6200 homes for a year;
- Building 19 wind turbines
- Changing 1.8 million incandescent light bulbs to CFLs