U.S. manufacturing has also accomplished total declines in the use of every industrial fuel source; by 2012, consumption levels of petroleum, electricity, natural gas, and coal were all significantly below those from 1997. The use of coal in particular saw a sharp decrease.

The reduction in industrial fuel use below 1997 levels is significant. It demonstrates manufacturers' commitment to reducing energy consumption, as well as forging a path for alternate energy sources. The sector leads on the use of renewable energies. Increasing use of renewables and a decrease in fossil fuel consumption are good indicators of manufacturers' commitment to sustainability.

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