In 2011, BPM partnered with the DOE's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program which is a national leadership initiative that challenges manufactures to make energy efficiency a sound business practice, establish strong energy management plans, benefit from the savings that result, and provide a model for others.
"BPM's efforts are helping the nation benefit from energy efficiency. Together with the other Partners in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, BPM's actions will save billions in energy costs, create new manufacturing jobs, strengthen the nation's economic competitiveness, and help protect the environment," said Kathleen Hogan, Acting Program Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy.
As a program partner, BPM joined 3M, ATT, Briggs Stratton and about 100 other industrial firms in a voluntary pledge to reduce corporate-wide energy intensity of their manufacturing operations by 25% in 10 years. BPM's most recent annual report showed a 4.2% improvement in energy intensity with cumulative improvement of 21.2% against its baseline year, placing the company well on its way to meeting the pledge target. Kathleen Hogan specifically acknowledged Mr. Steve Peterich, BPM's Plant Engineer, who has worked closely with the Energy Department on this initiative.