Food service giants ITW and Manitowoc have made a list of companies recognised by the US government for their high energy efficiency standards.
The pair were named on the recently-published 2012 Energy Star list, which is a joint programme between the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
109 organisations were given Energy Star Awards, with companies recognised in one of four categories: corporate commitment; sustained excellence; partner of the year; and excellence in delivering specific promotions.
Energy Star hailed ITW — parent of Hobart, Traulsen, Stero, Vulcan, Baxter and Wittco — for developing a full suite of energy-efficient commercial food equipment, its support of the Energy Star specification development process, and its education of the market on the benefits of Energy Star qualified equipment.
It also praised the company for integrating energy management education and Energy Star messaging into sales force and employee training, and encouraging the promotion of qualified products to end-users, dealers, and consultants.
ITW now offers 53% of its entire product line-up as Energy Star-qualified — a total of 364 products.
Manitowoc, meanwhile, increased its Energy Star qualified portfolio by around 954 models last year and developed a corporate sustainability report detailing information on its environmental and social performance across the company.
“Manitowoc Ice added additional efficient products to its portfolio, Jackson introduced an efficient and cost-effective warewasher, and Garland’s convection gas oven and double-sided gas griddle increased product sales by 50% over 2010,” Energy Star said in a statement.
Hoshizaki also won an ‘Award for Excellence’ after earning the Energy Star for 98% of new models introduced to the market in 2011.
Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star partners, American homes and businesses have saved about $230 billion (£145 billion) on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution.