Danfoss has become a charter member of the Save Energy Now® LEADER program, a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program providing technical assistance and resources to companies that pledge significant improvements in industrial energy efficiency.
Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss North America, signed a voluntary pledge on Dec. 2, stating that Danfoss will reduce its industrial energy intensity by 25% over the next decade. “All of our facilities worldwide are ISO14001 certified,” he said. “…we continue to invest in those facilities to achieve aggressive energy reduction strategies.”
Charter members must also establish energy use and energy intensity baselines, and develop an energy management plan over the next 12 months. In return, charter members will receive access to select DOE resources as well as national recognition for energy management achievements.
Danfoss is one of 32 charter members of the Save Energy Now program. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that by working 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. More than 2,000 plants received energy assessments through Save Energy Now from 2006 to 2009. To date, those assessments have identified opportunities for $1.3 billion in identified cost savings, 119 trillion Btu of natural gas savings, and 11.2 million metric tons of CO2 savings.
The 32 LEADER companies are: