The U.S. manufacturing sector is using less energy than a decade ago, the Energy Department said Wednesday.
The departmentâ€™s Energy Information Administration (EIA) said energy consumption from the manufacturing sector declined 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, while total output from the sector fell 3 percent during the period. The manufacturing sector accounted for more than 11 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010.
â€œThese data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output,â€ the EIA said. â€œThe significant decline in energy intensity reflects both improvements in energy efficiency and changes in the manufacturing output mix.â€