ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Aluminum Casting

Group photo at Aluminum Casting event

First Annual Aluminum Casting Focus Meeting

(Photo by Pam McComb-Podmostko, ICF)

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

Aluminum casters 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 aluminum casting focus to learn best practices from the industry.  If you are an aluminum caster who wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact

 Networking photo during an annual meeting

Aluminum casters network during annual meeting

Plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tool

A plant EPI is under development for aluminum casting plants.  When complete, the EPI will enable aluminum casters 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

Plant energy guide

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

Participating organizations

  • Alcast Company
  • Alcoa
  • Avalon Precision Castings Company/Craft Cast Company
  • Ball Corporation*
  • Briggs & Stratton*
  • Chrysler LLC*
  • Eck Industries, Inc.*
  • General Motors Company**
  • Honda of America Manufacturing
  • Nissan North America**
  • Southern Aluminum Foundry & Machine, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America **

* denotes ENERGY STAR Partners

** denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardees