USA: glass industry builds presence in Better Plants Initiative


A key component of the US Department of Energy drive for better energy efficiency in office and factory buildings is Better Plants, which the department outlined at a presentation sponsored by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

The US Department of Energy is seeking to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings
Under the Better Buildings Initiative, the US Department of Energy is seeking to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings by 20 percent by 2020.

A key component of that initiative is Better Plants, which the DOE’s Andre de Fontaine discussed during a webinar on Tuesday, giving glass manufacturers an overview of the program. The presentation was sponsored by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC).

Better Plants is a “national, voluntary industrial energy leadership initiative” in which companies set long-term efficiency goals. Partners of the program receive technical assistance, can participate in in-plant training sessions, have access to a full suite of DOE resources and receive national recognition for their involvement.

While the program has certain standards and goals set for all of its partners, Better Plants does work with more energy-intensive manufacturers and sectors to establish goals that are more in line with the nature of their energy output.

“The glass industry, for example, would fall into the category of energy-intensive manufacturers,” says de Fontaine.

Companies participating in Better Plants include 3M, Alcoa, PPG, Arkema, Ingersoll rand, Owens Corning, PPG and Saint-Gobain.

Saint-Gobain, in fact, is one of just 18 companies currently participating in the “Better Plants Challenge,” a more stringent but still voluntary version of the Better Plants Program. Saint-Gobain is also involved in the Challenge’s water saving...


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