The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 4 commended more than 150 businesses for working to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and advance the nation's climate change strategy at the agency's Climate Leaders conference in Boulder, Colo. Currently the largest corporate greenhouse gas goal-setting program in the United States, Climate Leaders has partners located in all 50 states representing 10 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.
"EPA's Climate Leaders partners are proving that businesses don't need to break the bank to do what's good for the environment," said EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "From
GHG reductions pledged through Climate Leaders are estimated to prevent the emissions equivalent to more than eight million cars annually.
At the December 4 conference, 14 corporate partners announced reduction goals, and 40 organizations were welcomed into the program.
In addition, three corporate partners in Climate Leaders were recognized for recently achieving their long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals, and extending their commitment to climate change management by pledging aggressive follow-on goals:
- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) (Sunnyvale, Calif.) pledges to reduce its global GHG emissions by 33 percent per manufacturing index (unit of production) from 2006 to 2010. AMD achieved its initial goal by reducing its emissions by 53 percent per manufacturing index from 2002 to 2006.
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Fourteen companies announced aggressive new greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals:
3Degrees Group Inc., San Francisco, Calif.; Abbott, Abbott Park, Ill; Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif.; Casella Waste Systems Inc., Rutland, Vt.; Coors Brewing Company, Golden, Colo.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee; Lincus Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo.; PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh; Tetra Tech EM Inc., Pasadena, Calif.; Travelers Companies, St. Paul, Minn.; and Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Forty companies are joining Climate Leaders as new partners:
ACE Group of Companies, Philadelphia; Aggregate Industries, Rockville, Md.; Alticor Inc., Ada, Mich.; Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, Calif.; Best Buy Company Inc., Richfield, Minn.; Burt's Bees Inc., Durham, N.C.; Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif.; Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Cytec Industries Inc., West Paterson, N.J.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; DPR Construction Inc., Redwood City, Calif.; EarthColor, West Orange, N.J.; Genesis Microchip Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge, Mass.; Honeywell Inc., Morristown, N.J.; Hunter Panels, Portland, Maine; Kohl's Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Denver, Colo.; L.L. Bean Inc., Freeport, Maine; Lincus Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; Mantria Corporation, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; Millipore Corporation, Billerica, Mass.; MTC Limousine & Corporate Coach Inc., Bedford Hills, N.Y.; NCR Corporation, Dayton, Ohio; Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass.; Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio; PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.; Petaluma Poultry, Petaluma, Calif.; Random House Inc., New York, N.Y.; Sprint, Reston, Va.; Tate Access Floors, Jessup, Md.; Tetra Tech EM Inc., Pasadena, Calif.; The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich.; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., New York, N.Y.; The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.; Tiffany & Company, New York, N.Y.; Trane, Piscataway, N.J.; U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; VF Outdoor Inc., San Leandro, Calif.
Since 2002, Climate Leaders has provided guidance and recognition to leading companies to help them develop and implement comprehensive climate change strategies. For the complete list of Climate Leaders partners and goal visit: epa.gov/climateleaders/partners