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EPA Announces 2016 Climate Leadership Awards; Kimberly-Clark Corporation Among 17 Awardees Recognized for Climate Action
Release Date: 03/09/2016
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, R6Press@epa.gov, 214-665-2200
DALLAS – (March 9, 2016) Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, headquartered in Irving, TX, at the Climate Leadership Awards. Kimberly-Clark, among 17 winners nationwide, was honored for reducing global absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 6.9 percent from 2010 to 2014.
The Climate Leadership Awards recognize business and organization for managing and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies. This is the fifth year of the annual Climate Leadership Awards, a partnership between the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2Es) and The Climate Registry (TCR).
“With their results in reducing greenhouse gases, Kimberly-Clark has proven their environmental leadership among Dallas’ strong business community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “They show that what’s good for the environment is good for business.”
“Our Climate Leadership Award winners are going above and beyond through their outstanding actions and dedication to reduce harmful carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Our award winners are leading the way towards a healthy environment, and demonstrate that meeting challenges of a changing climate can be done.”
“The winners of the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards are showing the way to a more sustainable future,” said Ted Roosevelt IV, C2ES board chairman. “After the hottest year globally on record, this leadership is more urgent than ever. Companies, cities, and individuals are crucial to demonstrating real-world success in reducing the emissions contributing to climate change. We applaud the CLA winners for demonstrating the many paths forward to a low-carbon future, and hope others follow their example.”
“The Climate Registry is honored to recognize the 2016 award winners for their dedication to addressing climate change,” said David Rosenheim, TCR executive director. “This impressive group of climate champions has raised the bar for climate action, and we hope others will follow their lead as we move towards a low-carbon economy. We applaud this year’s winners for transparently measuring and reducing their carbon pollution, demonstrating the path to a more sustainable future.”
The Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a global company focused on “essentials for a better life,” with manufacturing facilities in 35 countries and products sold in more than 175 countries. Product brands include Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend.
Kimberly-Clark is being recognized for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Achievement—for the following accomplishments:
· Kimberly-Clark set a 5 percent global absolute GHG emissions reduction goal from 2010 levels by 2015. By 2014, the company achieved a 6.9 percent reduction in four years.
· Kimberly-Clark achieved its GHG emission reductions through the expansion of programs that rely on biomass, renewables and cogeneration; the adoption of an energy management system of conservation which engages employees in manufacturing facilities; and by continuing to focus on sustainable business growth.
From an innovative partnership that dramatically increased mass adoption of home energy and water efficiency projects in communities across California to some of the country’s largest corporations exceeding their aggressive emission reduction goals, the EPA’s Climate Leadership Award winners illustrate that actions to combat climate change make smart business decisions.
The awards were presented at the 2016 Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington.
EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership establishes standards of climate leadership by encouraging organizations with emerging climate objectives to identify and achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions, while helping more advanced organizations drive innovations in reducing their greenhouse gas impacts in their supply chains and beyond. The Center provides technical tools, guidance, educational resources, and opportunities for information sharing and peer exchange among organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change.
More information about the 2016 Climate Leadership Award winners: http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/2016-climate-leadership-award-winners
More information about EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: www.epa.gov/climateleadership
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