'EPA's Climate Leaders partners are proving that businesses don't need to break the bank to do what's good for the environment,' said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. 'From Main Street to Wall Street, companies are reducing their climate footprints in cost-effective ways – keeping America on track to meet President Bush's greenhouse gas reduction goal.'
GHG reductions pledged through Climate Leaders are estimated to prevent the emissions equivalent to more than eight million cars annually.
At today's conference, 14 corporate partners will announce reduction goals, and 40 organizations will be welcomed into the program.
In addition, three corporate partners in Climate Leaders are being recognized for recently achieving their long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals, and extending their commitment to climate change management by pledging aggressive follow-on goals:
--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) (Sunnyvale, Calif.) pledges to reduce its global GHG emissions by 33 percent per manufacturing index (unit of production) from 2006 to 2010. AMD achieved its initial goal by reducing its emissions by 53 percent per manufacturing index from 2002 to 2006.
--Roche Group U.S. Affiliates (Basel, Switzerland) pledges to reduce its total U.S. GHG emissions by 15 percent from 2001 to 2010. Roche achieved its initial goal by reducing their emissions by 11 percent from 2001 to 2006.
--Xerox Corp. (Stamford, Conn.) pledges to reduce its total global GHG emissions by 25 percent from 2002 to 2012. Xerox achieved its initial goal by reducing emissions by 18 percent from 2002 to 2006.
Fourteen companies announced aggressive new greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals:
3Degrees Group Inc., San Francisco, Calif.; Abbott, Abbott Park, Ill; Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif.; Casella Waste Systems Inc., Rutland, Vt.; Coors Brewing Co., Golden, Colo.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee; Lincus Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J.; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo.; PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh; Tetra Tech EM Inc., Pasadena, Calif.; Travelers Cos., St. Paul, Minn.; and Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Forty companies are joining Climate Leaders as new partners:
ACE Group of Cos., Philadelphia; Aggregate Industries, Rockville, Md.; Alticor Inc., Ada, Mich.; Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, Calif.; Best Buy Co. Inc., Richfield, Minn.; Burt's Bees, Inc., Durham, N.C.; Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif.; Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Cytec Industries Inc., West Paterson, N.J.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; DPR Construction Inc., Redwood City, Calif.; EarthColor, West Orange, N.J.; Genesis Microchip Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; Genzyme Corp., Cambridge, Mass.; Honeywell Inc., Morristown, N.J.; Hunter Panels, Portland, Maine; Kohl's Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Denver, Colo.; L.L. Bean Inc., Freeport, Maine; Lincus Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; Mantria Corp., Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; Millipore Corp., Billerica, Mass.; MTC Limousine & Corporate Coach Inc., Bedford Hills, N.Y.; NCR Corp., Dayton, Ohio; OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, Mass.; Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio; PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.; Petaluma Poultry, Petaluma, Calif.; Random House Inc., New York, N.Y.; Sprint, Reston, Va.; Tate Access Floors, Jessup, Md.; Tetra Tech EM Inc., Pasadena, Calif.; The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich.; The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., New York, N.Y.; The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.; Tiffany & Co., New York, N.Y.; Trane, Piscataway, N.J.; U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; VF Outdoor Inc., San Leandro, Calif.