September 14, 2006

Nine U.S. auto plants recognized by EPA for energy efficiency

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded its Energy Star Award to 17 U.S. manufacturing plants, including nine auto plants operated by Ford, Nissan and Toyota. The award recognizes energy-efficient operations that cut pollution, lower energy consumption and reduce costs. The nine plants represent 23 per cent of U.S. auto assembly capacity.

Plant owners are eligible to earn the Energy Star award if the plant’s energy performance score is in the top 25 per cent nationally, using EPA’s performance indicators. The scores are based on actual energy use.

The Ford plants are located in Chicago, Illinois; St. Paul, Minnesota; Claycomo, Missouri; and Norfolk, Virginia; the Nissan plants are in Canton, Mississippi and Smyrna, Tennessee; and the Toyota plants are in Georgetown, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; and the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California.

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