Commercial and Industrial Program Savings
- Last year, EPA's ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings and industrial plants helped businesses and organizations avoid:
- $14 billion in energy costs1
- 230 billion kWh of electricity
- 170 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
- Since 1992, the program has helped businesses and organizations avoid:
- Nearly $200 billion in energy costs1
- Nearly 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
ENERGY STAR in the Commercial Buildings Market
- Last year alone, more than 275,000 buildings, comprising 25% of all commercial building floorspace in the U.S., used EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool to measure and track their energy use, water use, and waste and materials.
- Over the last five years, the number of buildings using Portfolio Manager to benchmark their energy use grew by more than 20%.
- Every day, on average, nearly 430 buildings of all types--retail stores, schools, hospitals, data centers, and more--are added to Portfolio Manager.
- 34 local governments, three states, and one Canadian province rely on EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as the foundation for their energy benchmarking and transparency policies.
- Nearly 900 designs for new construction projects have achieved "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR" designation from EPA.
ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings
- In 2020, nearly 6,500 commercial buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, saving $1.6 billion and preventing more than 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Since 1992, nearly 38,000 commercial buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR, comprising 5.6 billion square feet of floor space.
- On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35% less energy than typical buildings nationwide.
- Studies find that ENERGY STAR certified buildings command a premium of up to 16 percent for sales prices and rental rates.2
ENERGY STAR in the Industrial Sector
- Nearly 800 industrial companies partner with EPA's ENERGY STAR program.
- 33 diverse industrial sectors work with ENERGY STAR to strategically manage their energy use, from cookie and cracker bakeries and pharmaceutical plants to integrated steel mills and petroleum refineries.
- 580 industrial sites have signed on to the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, saving 92 trillion Btus of energy.
ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Plants
- Since 1996, more than 230 industrial plants have earned ENERGY STAR certification, helping those companies avoid:
- $2 billion in energy costs1
- 35 billion kWh of electricity
- 40 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
- Estimated energy cost savings represent the present value of net energy cost savings, calculated by taking the difference between total energy bill savings and the incremental additional investment in energy-efficient technologies and services.
- Boston Green Ribbon Commission. (2012). Benchmarking and Disclosure: Lessons from Leading Cities, Boston Green Ribbon Commission. https://www.abettercity.org/docs/06.2012%20-%20Benchmarking%20report%20-%20Final.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)