The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM, www.nam.org) and the EPA (www.epa.gov) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to encourage energy efficiency among U.S. manufacturers. Under the agreement, NAM will challenge its 14,000 member companies to reduce energy use by 10 percent or more in cooperation with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge. EPA estimates if the manufacturing industry reduced its energy use by 10 percent, manufacturers would save nearly $10.4 billion and enough energy to power nearly 10 million American homes for one year. The EPA will also support NAM members in developing and refining company-wide energy management programs, share best energy management practices, provide training, and recognize the energy efficiency achievements of NAM members.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

For more information on ENERGY STAR for manufacturers, visit www.energystar.gov/industry.