was recently recognised by the US energy department for its leadership
in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Programme, which supports the
Obama administration's target to increase energy productivity in the US
'Partners in the Better Plants challenge are leading by example,
showing firsthand how energy efficiency improvements can help
manufacturers improve their bottom lines, cut energy waste and pollution
and stay competitive in global markets,' said assistant secretary for
energy efficiency and renewable energy, David Danielson. 'The
investments they have made through the Better Plants challenge are
helping to cut energy waste, while saving millions in energy costs and
helping position the United States to lead in the global economy.'
ArcelorMittal joined the programme in August this year and committed
to reducing its energy intensity by 10 percent across 17 plants.
Aluminium manufacturer Alcoa was the second company recognised by the
As part of the Better Plants Programme, Alcoa and ArcelorMittal
co-hosted an energy efficiency training programme in November at their
Cleveland plants for staff at both companies. Sponsored by the energy
department, this hands-on technical training will further help plant
staff identify new opportunities that reduce energy use and save money.
'ArcelorMittal USA is excited to be a partner in the Better Plants
Programme,' said Larry Fabina, ArcelorMittal USA energy champion.
'Energy is one of the most expensive factors in the steelmaking process.
Therefore, we look forward to working with the department of energy and
the other partner companies to accelerate our energy management
efforts, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the
environment and improving the sustainability of our operations.'
Across the United States, more than US$200 billion is spent to power
commercial buildings, while another US$200 billion is spent to power
U.S. manufacturing facilities. In 2011, President Obama launched the
Better Buildings challenge to catalyse change in energy use and achieve
record-breaking energy bill savings.
Through the broader Better Plants Programme, the US energy department
is partnering with more than 120 manufacturers that represent more than
1,750 plants across the United States and about eight percent of the
total U.S. manufacturing energy footprint to support smart investments
that save energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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