Nearly 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) selected Energetics to develop comprehensive analyses of energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across manufacturing sectors. Over these past two decades, Energetics has provided AMO with periodic updates to these Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints. The sixth update to this benchmark industry reference was released on the AMO website in early January.
Energetics Senior Engineer Kenta Shimizu led the update, managing all footprint activities and helping with data analysis. Beginning with the established footprint energy and emissions model, the Energetics team analyzed plant energy consumption statistics available through the Energy Information Administration’s Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey, the most recent of which provides 2018 data. The team also reviewed technical studies, information from industry experts, and emissions data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The three-page footprints map energy use and GHG emissions from energy supply to end use for 15 individual manufacturing sectors, 5 manufacturing subsectors, and the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole. The 2018 update incorporates a stand-alone carbon footprint, which adds new depth to the analysis and allows viewers to more easily identify decarbonization opportunities.
The footprints have become the go-to reference for anyone interested in better understanding energy distribution in manufacturing and targeting opportunities to save energy and emissions.