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October 02, 2002

EPA Lauds Companies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the six-month anniversary of its "Climate Leaders" program on Monday with the announcement of new goals for five of its Climate Leaders Partners and the addition of 13 new partners. The voluntary partnership between government and industry helps organizations develop a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and set aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals.

Among the newly announced goals are a pledge by Bethlehem Steel Corporation to reduce its GHG emissions by 12 percent per ton of steel from 2000 to 2010; a pledge by IBM to achieve average annual reductions of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 4 percent of its electricity and fuel use from 2000 to 2005; a pledge by Holcim, Inc. to reduce its GHG emissions by 12 percent per ton of cement from 2000 to 2008; and a pledge by S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. to reduce its GHG emissions by 23 percent per pound of product from 2000 to 2005. DOE also got into the act: DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory pledged to reduce its GHG emissions by 10 percent per square foot from 2000 to 2005.

Two companies had announced goals back in March: General Motors Corporation pledged to reduce its GHG emissions from all its North American facilities by 10 percent by 2005, and Miller Brewing Company pledged to reduce its GHG emissions by 18 percent per barrel of beer by 2006. See the EPA press release.

Most companies use energy efficiency or renewable energy purchases to meet their GHG goals. Companies have found these approaches as a cost-effective approach to reducing GHG emissions—in fact, BP announced early this year that its goal to cut GHG emissions from its operations by 10 percent had been achieved 8 years early at no net cost to the company. See the BP announcement.