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May 11, 2005

EPA: Ten U.S. Corporations to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 5th that 10 corporations in its Climate Leaders program have set specific goals for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. According to EPA, 37 of the 68 companies in the voluntary program have now set emissions goals that will prevent the equivalent of more than 8 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year. See the EPA press release and the Climate Leaders Web site.

Many of the actions companies are taking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions involve energy efficiency and renewable energy. For instance, Xerox Corporation plans to achieve a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency by 2012. Green Mountain Energy Company, a green power provider, is offsetting its carbon emissions by buying renewable energy credits, and is also encouraging its employees to find creative ways to get to work. Exelon Corporation, an electric utility, plans to increase its use of renewable energy while undertaking energy efficiency initiatives across its operations. Meanwhile, General Motors Corporation (GM), one of the early Climate Leaders partners, has already achieved its goal: an 11 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over three years. GM achieved its goal in part by fueling coal-fired boilers with natural gas or landfill gas instead. See the press releases from Xerox, Green Mountain Energy Company, Exelon Corporation, and GM.