ENERGY STAR plant certification

Photo of Cement PlantEPA distinguishes the best performing plants within an industry with ENERGY STAR certification.

Select manufacturing plants located in the U.S. and its territories and Canada can earn ENERGY STAR certification and display the ENERGY STAR similar to those seen on appliances and electronics in the marketplace. Manufacturing plants must achieve an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher using an industry-specific ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator (EPI).

In the U.S. EPIs, EPA’s benchmarking tools for industrial plants, measure a plant’s energy performance and compare it to that of similar plants nationwide, generating an ENERGY STAR score on a scale of 1 to 100.

2018 Certified Facility Banner

Certified plants are awarded a congratulatory letter to the company’s CEO, a certificate of achievement, decals for identifying the plant’s certification, the option to obtain and display flags/banners/plaques, and a listing in EPA’s ENERGY STAR certified plant registry. To learn more about the value of benchmarking and how to use ENERGY STAR plant EPIs, read Benchmarking Industrial Energy Performance.

Determining eligibility

Manufacturing plants must satisfy the plant description located within the “instructions” sheet of the applicable industry-specific EPI, score 75 or higher using the appropriate EPI, and satisfy an environmental compliance screen.

Eligible plant types

* These facility types are eligible for certification in both the U.S. and Canada. For information on how to certify a plant in Canada visit Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR for Industry page or email for more information.
†EPIs for these sectors will be updated in 2019. Please email prior to using these EPIs and applying for certification.

Environmental compliance criteria

  • No unresolved high priority violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the past 3 years,
  • No CAA Consent Decrees within the last year or noncompliance of an existing CAA Consent Decree, and,
  • No CAA criminal convictions or pleas within the past 5 years or current criminal investigations involving an employee(s) or corporate officer(s)

If your company operates a plant within an eligible category, evaluate its energy performance to see if it qualifies for EPA’s ENERGY STAR. Then follow the application and submittal instructions carefully.

For clarifications, please send an email to

Instructions and guidance documents

Application forms

Certified Plants

See a list of certified plants from 2006 onwards in the Certified Buildings and Plants Locator and ones from more recent years below:

See how plants celebrate their accomplishments with ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcases!

2018 Certified Plants

Congratulations to the 2018 class of ENERGY STAR certified plants!

2018 Certified Plants


Plants seeking 2018 ENERGY STAR certification must submit the application no later than November 30, 2019.