ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Metalcasting

The “metalcasting focus” is a partnership between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, the American Foundry Society, and metalcasting companies to improve energy efficiency within their operations. Tools are available here to help improve manufacturing energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Metalcasters can get started on a path of saving energy by using the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build an energy management program, and then work within this metalcasting focus to learn best practices from the industry.  If you are a metalcaster who wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact energystrategy@energystar.gov.

Plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tool

Several plant EPIs are under development for iron foundries, investment steel and carbon/alloy steel.  When complete, these EPIs will enable metalcasters to assess how efficiently a plant uses energy, relative to similar plants in the U.S. The EPI will provide a plant a 1 - 100 ENERGY STAR score for a quick understanding of how the plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

For further information on the EPI, contact Gale Boyd, Duke University at gab7@econ.duke.edu.

Plant energy guide

An energy guide for improving energy efficiency in metalcasting is currently under development. For further information on the energy guide, contact Ernst Worrell, Utrecht University, at E.Worrell@uu.nl.

Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for the metalcasting industry

The American Foundry Society (AFS) and EPA are challenging metalcasters to improve the energy efficiency of their sites by 10% within 5 years or less.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is an energy management tool that helps companies set plant energy performance improvement goals. Sites that achieve the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry will be recognized by the EPA for their leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  To learn more, visit the AFS website.

Participating organizations

  • Advanced Cast Products/Belcher Corp.*
  • A.F.K. Corporation*
  • Alcoa
  • American Foundry Society*
  • Atlas Foundry Company
  • Aurora Metals (Hiler Ind.)
  • Benton Foundry
  • Bradken*
  • Circle Finishing, Inc.*
  • Eck Industries, Inc.*
  • General Motors Corporation**
  • Grede Holdings Inc.*
  • Griffin Wheel
  • The Harrison Steel Casting Co.*
  • Lodge Manufacturing*
  • Matrix Metals
  • Maynard Steel
  • McWane Inc.
  • ME-Elecmetal, Duluth Castings*
  • M-Tek*
  • Nissan North America**
  • North Star Casteel Products, Inc.*
  • Pacific Steel Casting Company*
  • Rockford Foundries
  • Rolls Royce Naval Marine
  • Sigma Electric*
  • Spokane Industries
  • Stainless Foundry
  • S.T. Wooten Corporation*
  • Torrence Casting, Inc.*
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America **
  • Tpi Casting
  • Tyco International, LTD
  • Unistress Corp.*
  • Vermont Castings
  • Willman Industries*

* denotes ENERGY STAR Partners

** denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardees