Eastman Kodak Reports All Greenhouse Emissions to CA Registry

Eastman Kodak Reports All Greenhouse Emissions to CA Registry

Eastman Kodak Company has successfully certified its complete greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry, becoming the first participant to report all six greenhouse gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol as the drivers of global warming. The certification has earned Kodak the registry's Climate Action Leader distinction.

Kodak is now publicly and voluntarily reporting its GHG emissions for all operations in the United States under this rigorous registry program. Kodak's certified GHG emissions for 2002-2004 are now available through the registry's Web site.

Kodak has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and improvement, according to the registry. It successfully reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 19% from 1997-2004. Kodak is working towards a current U.S. EPA Climate Leaders goal of a10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2002-2008.

"Kodak joined the registry in late 2004 and has in just over a year successfully reported and certified three years of data for all six greenhouse gases" said Diane Wittenberg, president of the California Climate Action Registry. "This is a first at the registry and truly an achievement -- it speaks to Kodak's commitment to this program and to taking real action on climate change. "

Along with its worldwide CO2 emissions, Kodak has included the other five gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol as greenhouse gases. Of the six greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide is the most prevalent, accounting for 75% of the world's GHG emissions. However, the other five GHGs are 23 to 22,000 times more potent than CO2, so even relatively small amounts of emissions can have a large impact. These gases are methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), perflourocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). The vast majority of Kodak's GHG emissions are CO2.

"Our progress reflects the innovation and commitment of Kodak people to drive continuous improvement in reducing the environmental impacts of our operations," said David M. Kiser, Ph.D., Kodak vice president and director of health, safety and environment. "Kodak is proud to continue its leadership role in supporting California Climate Action Registry in its prominent role in driving progress on this critical environmental issue."

The registry, created by the California legislature in 2000, is a nonprofit public/private partnership that helps companies and organizations throughout the United States to track, publicly report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The results are certified by independent third-parties to ensure compliance with registry protocols and standardization across participants and sectors.