Frequently Asked Questions

Taking the Challenge

Q. Our company has multiple sites — can we take the Challenge for Industry as a company?
A. No. Individual sites within your company take the Challenge for Industry.

Q. Our company only has one site, can we take the Challenge for Industry?
A. Yes. You can take the Challenge for Industry as long as your site is a manufacturing facility.

Q. Can our site take the Challenge for Industry if our company is not an ENERGY STAR partner?
A. Yes. However, to receive recognition for achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, your company will need to be an ENERGY STAR partner. Your company can join ENERGY STAR any time after taking the Challenge for Industry. Joining ENERGY STAR is easy and is the first step towards making energy efficiency a priority for your company.

Q. Can we sign up on-line using the ENERGY STAR Challenge registration form?
A. Yes. To take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry you must register using the on-line registration form.

Q. If we are an industrial company, can our office and administrative buildings take the Challenge for Industry?
A. No. Only manufacturing sites can take the Challenge for Industry.

Q. Can trade associations take the Challenge for Industry as an industry?
Associations and other organizations can partner with EPA to sponsor and promote the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry to their members. For more information, contact: challenge4industry@energystar.gov

Tracking & Reporting

Q. Do we to have report annual progress towards the Challenge goal?
A. No. You only report your accomplishments if you apply for recognition for achieving the 10% improvement goal.

Q. What happens if we do not meet the 10% reduction goal?
A. There are no consequences for not meeting the Challenge for Industry goal. Sites are encouraged to set new baselines and try again.

Q. Can we use our existing energy intensity metrics and KPIs?
A. Yes. Sites are encouraged to use existing metrics and systems as long as they meet the criteria outlined in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Steps.

Q. Can we use our existing energy tracking system?
A. Yes.

Q. Can baselines be set retroactively?
A. The baseline for a site taking the Challenge for Industry must begin in the year prior to signing up for the Challenge. The baseline can be based on the immediate past year (e.g., a site signing up for the Challenge in April 2012 could set their baseline as January 1 � December 31, 2011) or another consecutive 12-month period such as the most recent 12 months (e.g., a site signing up for the Challenge in April 2012 could set their baseline as April 1, 2011 � March 31, 2012) or the most recent fiscal year. Sites are encouraged to consider a baseline period consistent with their company�s energy data tracking cycle to make improvement calculations convenient.

Q. Is it necessary to create an Energy Tracking Plan if we have existing procedures?
A. No. If your company has existing energy data management procedures, it is not necessary to use the Energy Tracking Plan. However, your data management procedures will need to establish the documentation needed by the Professional Engineer (PE) who verifies your performance.

Q. Does EPA have to approve our Energy Tracking Plan?
A. No. If you use the Energy Tracking Plan template, you do not need to submit the plan to EPA. The Energy Tracking Plan template is an optional tool.

Applying for Recognition

Q. Can we apply for recognition if we achieve the 10% improvement goal in less than 5 years?
A. Yes. You can apply for recognition after one year if a 10% reduction in energy intensity has been achieved. However, the ending date of the last 12 months of data must be within four months of the time the application is submitted.

Q. We achieved the 10% improvement goal in six months, can we apply for recognition?
A. No. The 10% reduction in energy intensity must be based on 12 continuous months of data. After 12 months, you can apply, even if the savings is greater than 10%.

Q. If we achieve the 10% achievement goal, can we take the Challenge again?
A. Yes.

Q. How do we verify our 10% improvement in energy intensity?
A. To verify that you have met the Challenge for Industry improvement goal, you must have a professional engineer review your energy performance data and seal a Statement of Energy Improvement. The instructions for applying for recognition explain the process.

Q. Why must a PE verify our energy savings?
A. Verification by a Professional Engineer is required for receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for building and industrial plant performance, including the ENERGY STAR label and Challenge for Industry recognition. Licensed Professional Engineers are governed by both ethical and legal requirements that provide EPA with a high level of assurance that the verification will be done accurately.

Q. Can the PE verifying our savings be from our company?
A. Yes. The PE does not need to be from an outside third party since the same professional rules apply to PE�s that work for your company.