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Saving $20 Million is Good for the Company and Good for the Environment

Cummins Inc., a manufacturer of service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems, believes in the 'business case for climate change actions."

Those are the words of Dr. John Wall, CTO of Cummins. "It is good for our business, and it is the right thing to do. Meeting our goal not only has been good for the environment, it saves Cummins more than $20 million annually."

The company, based in Columbus, Ind., announced on May 27 that it had exceeded its 25% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitment.

The company is part of the Climate Leaders Program and as such completes a corporate-wide inventory of their GHG emissions based on a quality management system. Members are required to set aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals and report their progress annually to the EPA.

Cummins joined the program in 2006 and set the goal of a 25% reduction of GHG emissions per dollar revenue from 2005 to 2010. As of year-end 2010, it achieved a 28% reduction in GHG emissions.

The Company's wide-ranging energy savings actions have included projects such as high-efficiency lighting upgrades, power management systems, energy efficient motors, pumps and fans, compressed air optimization, heating and cooling equipment upgrades, and energy recovery from engine test cells.

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