Climate Leadership Awards recognize Cummins

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Cummins announced it has been named a winner in the greenhouse gas goal achievement category of the Inaugural Climate Leadership Awards for its excellence in industrial energy efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry sponsored the first-ever awards, which recognize corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions.

“C2ES joins EPA and our partners in congratulating Cummins as an inaugural recipient of the Climate Leadership Awards,” says Eileen Claussen, C2ES president. “Cummins demonstrates every day that it’s possible to manage your carbon footprint without compromising your bottom line. Corporate leadership is essential to meeting our climate and energy challenges. Cummins’ accomplishments will inspire other companies to act and contribute to strong, sensible policies benefiting both our economy and our climate.”

Cummins exceeded its first goal of a 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions per dollar of revenue from its 2005 baseline by 2010 by achieving a 28 percent reduction. In naming Cummins, award sponsors cited the company’s business case to its employees for reducing emissions and its culture of energy saving and sustainability.

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. The company also created a corporatewide challenge to involve all employees in saving energy, and its Energy Champions Program trained employees to find energy savings at their sites. Cummins has incorporated energy efficiency into its global environmental management system, transforming this initiative into standard practice, and now is piloting several sites through registration to the new ISO 50001 energy management system standard.

The company now is extending its GHG reduction efforts from the 28 percent greenhouse gas intensity reduction achieved from a 2005 baseline to 40 percent by 2015. This equates to doubling the energy efficiency improvements made over the first five-year period.

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