ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Dairy Processing

The “dairy processing focus” is a partnership between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, the International Dairy Foods Association, and dairy processing 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.

Dairy processors 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 dairy processing focus to learn best practices from the industry.  If you are a dairy processor who wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact

Plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tool

Plant energy performance indicators (EPIs) for the fluid dairies and ice cream processing plants are under testing. Help is needed in reviewing the EPI before it can be finalized. If you are interested in providing testing assistance, please Gale Boyd at Duke University at

When complete, the EPI will enable processors to assess how efficiently a dairy processing 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.

Plant energy guide

Use the dairy processing energy guide Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Dairy Processing Industry to find ways to improve the energy performance.

Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge for the Dairy Industry

The International Dairy Foods Association and EPA have challenged the dairy industry to improve their energy efficiency by 10% within 5 years.

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.

Participating organizations

  • International Dairy Foods Association*
  • Brookshire Grocery Company
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative
  • Dairy Farmers of America*
  • Dairy Management Inc.
  • Darigold*
  • Davisco Foods International, Inc*.
  • Dean Foods
  • HP Hood LLC
  • Hilmar Cheese Company
  • Kroger*
  • Land O’Lakes*
  • Nestle S.A.*
  • Oakhurst Dairy
  • PepsiCo**
  • Perry's Ice Cream
  • Sargento Foods Inc.*
  • Saputo, Inc.*
  • The Dannon Company, Inc.
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association
  • University of Arkansas*

* denotes ENERGY STAR Partners

** denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardees