Cummins Extends Goal for Energy Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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Cummins has extended its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal from the 28 percent reduction achieved in 2010 to a 40 percent reduction by 2015, again using 2005 as a baseline.

The greenhouse gas reduction correlates to the 25 percent energy efficiency intensity goal Cummins has set as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge program.

“We are ensuring we have a sound investment plan to meet this aggressive goal, which equates to double the energy efficiency improvements made over the first five-year period,” said Alan Resnik, Director of Corporate Environmental Management.

As part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program, Cummins exceeded its first goal of a 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions per dollar of revenue, achieving a 28 percent reduction from 2005-2010.

Based in part on that accomplishment, Cummins was named a winner in the GHG goal achievement category of the Inaugural Climate Leadership Awards sponsored by the EPA, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry.

The award recognizes corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions. One individual and 20 organizations were recognized earlier this year.

“Corporate leadership is essential to meeting our climate and energy challenges,” said Center for Climate and Energy Solutions President Eileen Claussen. “We join EPA in applauding the first winners of the Climate Leadership Award. These companies demonstrate every day that it’s possible to shrink your carbon footprint without compromising your bottom line.”

In naming Cummins, the award sponsors said:

“The Company made the business case for reducing emissions to its employees and has created a culture of energy saving and sustainability that is now part of how the company does business. Other activities included the establishment of an energy efficiency team, as well as a capital fund that helped create dedicated, annual funding for energy efficiency improvements.

“Cummins also created a corporate-wide challenge to involve all employees in saving energy, and its Energy Champions Program trained employees to find energy savings at their sites.”

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