Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the launch of the Save Energy Now® LEADER Program last week, which he says will provide technical assistance and resources to companies that pledge significant improvements in industrial energy efficiency. Thirty-two companies representing a broad spectrum of the U.S. industrial sector signed a voluntary pledge to reduce their industrial energy intensity by 25 percent over the next decade.

“These companies’ commitments to energy efficiency not only generate significant energy and carbon savings, but also show the entire business community the profitable steps that can be taken to move us all toward a clean energy future,” said Chu. “Working together with American manufacturers, we will leverage the potential of energy efficiency to create new jobs, make our economy more competitive, and reduce carbon pollution.”

The LEADER program is a new component of the existing Save Energy Now initiative through which companies partner with DOE to conduct energy audits and assessments designed to identify the opportunities for energy and cost savings in the companies’ operations. Participating businesses also have access to tools and training to implement recommendations designed to help reduce their energy use and lower operating costs. More than 2,000 plants received energy assessments through Save Energy Now from 2006 to 2009, according to the DOE.

The 32 LEADER Companies marked their commitment to the 25 percent energy intensity reduction goal by signing a voluntary pledge. These charter member companies agreed to establish energy use and energy intensity baselines, and develop an energy management plan over the next 12 months. Companies who signed on include 3M, The Dow Chemical Company, Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Owens Corning, PPG Industries, Serious Materials and Sherwin-Williams.

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