Manufacturers Achieve Emissions Goals

Doing Their Part: What follows is a short list of the many goals and achievements reached by manufacturers in their voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a primary component of greenhouse gases.

General Motors Corp. reported in May 2005 its North American facilities had reduced their overall CO2 emissions by more than 11% in the previous three years, reaching its goal two years earlier than planned. GM is a member of the EPA's Climate Leaders program.

A member of the EPA's Climate Leaders program, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine, Wis., reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per pound of product by 24% from 2000 to 2005, while its absolute reduction of CO2 emissions reached 16%.

The American Iron and Steel Institute reported that the U.S. steel industry reduced its energy intensity per ton of steel shipped by about 7% in 2003 compared with 2002 and by 23% since 1990. The industry's aggregate CO2 emissions were reduced by a comparable amount.

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Baxter International Inc., Deerfield, Ill., met its goal to reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 16% per unit of production value from 2000 to 2005.

In January, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced its pledge to reduce total U.S. GHG emissions by 20% by 2012 from a base year of 2002.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has committed to a reduction of at least 10% in GHG emissions from U.S. automobile plants by 2012, from a base year of 2002, a goal related to the U.S. Department of Energy's Business Challenge Program.

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