Merck Plans to Slash GHG Emissions, Water Demand

Merck Plans to Slash GHG Emissions, Water Demand

Merck & Co. Inc. said this week it will slash absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its worldwide operations 12 percent below 2004 levels by late 2012.

The company also is on track to reduce energy demand 25 percent below 2004 standards by the end of the year.

The announcement is part of the company's involvement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program. Merck joined the program in 2006.

Last month, the company released a public policy position paper on climate change. In it Merck said it wants to reduce its water demand 15 percent between 2004 and 2008, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its global fleet, which accounted for 14 percent of the company’s total emissions in 2006.

"We believe our greenhouse gas strategy and overall efforts to protect the environment are consistent with Merck's mission of preserving and improving human life," said Willie A. Deese, president of Merck’s manufacturing division. "The goal we set is quite challenging yet achievable with aggressive planning and implementation."