Sun, Caterpillar, Mack Trucks and Pfizer Honored for Cutting GHGs

Sun, Caterpillar, Mack Trucks and Pfizer Honored for Cutting GHGs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored nearly two dozen companies this week that surpassed or set greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals as part of its Climate Leaders program.

More than 220 companies participate in the voluntary program that began in 2002. Thirty-one new partners joined Climate Leaders while 15 others set new goals.

Seven companies earned special recognition at the program's annual members meeting this week for hitting targets set during the last four to five years. They are 3M, Pfizer, Hasbro, Caterpillar, FPL Group, Sun Microsystems and Mack Trucks, four of which set additional goals.

Sun Microsystems, for instance, reduced GHG emissions 23 percent in 2007, meeting its 2012 goal five years early. Now it plans to cut emissions in its worldwide operations another 20 percent below 2007 levels by 2015.

Meanwhile, Caterpillar reduced its carbon intensity 36 percent in 2006, surpassing its 2010 goal of slashing emissions 20 percent per dollar of revenue. In 2007, it reached a 38 percent reduction in carbon intensity compared to 2002 levels. Now it plans to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 3 percent between 2006 and 2015. The company used Six Sigma teams to improve heating and lighting efficiencies that were replicated throughout its global operations.

Pfizer lowered its carbon intensity 43 percent between 2000 and 2007 by implementing more than 1,000 projects that include retrofits and renewable energy installations. It plans to reduce emissions an additional 20 percent during the next four years.

Mack Trucks met its original goal of cutting emissions 32 percent per unit produced between 2003 and 2007. It set an additional goal of reducing emissions another 12 percent per unit produced by 2012.

3M lowered emissions 60 percent between 2002 and 2007, while FPL reduced emissions 21 percent per kilowatt from 2001 and 2007. Hasbro met its original goal of cutting U.S. GHGs 43 percent between 2000 and 2007.