On June 16, a diverse group of 75 businesses, trade associations, and nonprofits—including 20+ Combined Heat and Power Alliance members—sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting Congress increase the ENERGY STAR budget to at least $80 million annually. In 2019 alone, the program saved American consumers and businesses more than $39 billion in avoided energy costs.
Doubling down on ENERGY STAR will help the nation collectively achieve proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals of 50% by 2030. The emissions impact cannot be overstated: in 2019, ENERGY STAR accounted for nearly 390 million metric tons of emissions reductions – equivalent to roughly 5% of U.S. GHG emissions. Since the program began in 1992, it has accounted for more than 4 billion metric tons of GHG reductions, equivalent to removing 870 million cars from the road.
The funding request letter can be found here.