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Climate Leaders Take Big Steps to Leave Smaller Carbon Footprints

Release Date: 10/08/2008
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – Oct. 8, 2008) Leading corporations are demonstrating that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is both good for the environment and their business success. Seven companies were commended today for achieving significant GHG reductions and leaving a smaller carbon footprint through EPA's Climate Leaders program, the largest GHG goal setting program in the United States. In addition, 15 companies will be recognized for announcing new reduction goals, and 31 companies will be welcomed as new partners during the agency's Climate Leaders conference.

"EPA's Climate Leader partners are proving that businesses can save green by going green," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "These leading companies are reducing their climate footprints in cost-effective ways and contributing to this country's energy independence."

Together, the 226 Climate Leaders members represent more than ten percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and have pledged GHG reductions equivalent to the emissions of nine million cars annually.

Seven companies are being recognized today for having achieved their significant GHG reduction goals over the last four to five years, and four of these companies have also made new commitments to reduce their GHG emissions. The seven goal achievers are: 3M, Pfizer Inc.; Hasbro Inc.; Caterpillar Inc.; FPL Group Inc.; Sun Microsystems Inc.; Mack Trucks Inc.

Launched in 2002, Climate Leaders is an industry-government partnership that has provided guidance and recognition to leading companies to help them develop and implement comprehensive climate change strategies.

Information about Climate Leaders Program: epa.gov/climateleaders/

15 Companies that pledged new GHG emissions reductions goals: ACE Group of Companies; Agilent Technologies; Alcoa; Best Buy Co. Inc.; Citigroup Inc.; DPR Construction Inc.; EarthColor; LSI Corp.; NVIDIA Corp.; Owens Corning; PepsiCo; Quad/Graphics Inc.; Sprint; The Boeing Co.; and Turner Construction Co.

31 New Partners: Autodesk; Best Transportation; California Limousine; Carlisle Construction Materials; Classique Limousines; Company Car and Limousine; ConAgra Foods; Continuum; EmpireCLS; Fetter Printing Co.; Fleet Transportation, LLC; Genworth Financial; Invitrogen Corp.; Lexmark International Inc.; Limited Brands Inc.; Luxury Limousines of Sacramento; News Corp.; Niagara Conservation; Nortel, Research Triangle Park; Novartis Corp.; Pall Corp.; Partners Executive Transportation; Pure Luxury Transportation; Royal Coachman Worldwide; STERIS Corp.; Syngenta; The Sherwin-Williams Co.; University Corp. for Atmospheric Research; UPS Inc.; Virgin America; Yahoo! Inc.