EPA and Other Federal Programs to Help Your Company Reduce GHG Emissions
Increase Energy Efficiency in your Operations
ENERGY STAR: Through its partnerships with more than 15,000 private and public sector organizations, ENERGY STAR delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices.
- Buildings & Plants: ENERGY STAR qualifies top performing commercial buildings and manufacturing plants and provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 96,000 buildings across the country. ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings.
- Small Businesses: ENERGY STAR offers tools and resources to help small businesses improve their financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs.
- Products: ENERGY STAR qualifies products in more than 60 categories that use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP) promotes the use of combined heat and power (CHP) to reduce the environmental impacts of power generation, increase your facility's operational efficiency and decrease energy costs. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.
Department of Energy (DOE) provides a variety of programs that identify opportunities for integrating energy-efficiency measures into your facility.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders.
Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) promotes the use of landfill gas as a renewable, green energy source. Landfill gas is the natural by-product of the decomposition of solid waste in landfills and is comprised primarily of carbon dioxide and methane. LMOP forms partnerships with communities, landfill owners, utilities, power marketers, states, project developers, tribes, and non-profit organizations to overcome barriers to project development by helping them assess project feasibility, find financing, and market the benefits of project development to the community.
Increase Fuel Efficiency in Transportation and Logistics
SmartWaySM is a public/private collaboration between EPA and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money.
- Acquiring U.S. EPA Certified SmartWay light-duty vehicles can help improve the overall fuel economy performance of a light-duty fleet. SmartWay is a symbol of the most fuel efficient vehicles manufactured for sale in the U.S. To simplify the acquisition process, vehicles that qualify as SmartWay are identified with the SmartWay leaf on the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide.
- SmartWay also provides a financial clearinghouse web site with access to private lenders who help carriers obtain a loan for a SmartWay Certified Tractor, SmartWay Certified Trailer or SmartWay verified fuel savings and emissions reducing technologies. You can submit a loan application at the www.SmartwayFinanceCenter.com Web site.
WasteWise helps partner companies meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.
Engage your Supply Chain
Green Suppliers Network works with large manufacturers to engage their suppliers in low-cost technical reviews to identify strategies for improving process lines, using materials more efficiently and reducing waste. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the Green Suppliers Network helps small and medium-sized manufacturers stay competitive and profitable while reducing their impact on the environment.
Build Support for Climate Action at Work
Use ENERGY STAR tips and tools to save energy at work.
For additional resources and programs, see A Business Guide to U.S. EPA Climate Partnership Programs (PDF). (52 pp, 1.3M, About PDF)
Sustainable Business Clearinghouse: The Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Business Clearinghouse was created to provide U.S. companies with a central portal for information on programs and resources that can assist them in enhancing their competitiveness and profitability in environmentally sustainable ways.