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Millipore To Slice Emissions 20 Percent

millipore_logo.jpgThe Billerica, Mass.-based life-sciences equipment maker Millipore said it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over the next five years by closing some small, less efficient manufacturing plants, constructing buildings that are more energy efficient, and upgrading old facilities to use less energy, the Boston Globe reports.

Replacing its fleet of vehicles with Toyota hybrids, purchasing 10 percent of its energy from wind suppliers in Montana, increasing recycling of chemicals and waste and reducing water consumption are other ways the company said it is becoming more environmentally friendly.

Millipore is just the latest Massachusetts-based company to initiate a program to reduce emissions that cause global warming. Staples, based in Framingham, promised to reduce its US emissions by 7 percent from 2001 to 2010. Hopkinton-based EMC pledged to cut its US emissions by 8 percent per square foot from 2005 to 2012. Waltham-based Raytheon said it would reduce its emissions by 33 percent per dollar of revenue from 2002 to 2009. Genzyme in Cambridge and Osram Sylvania in Danvers are also working on plans, the Globe reports.

Millipore was one of 40 companies that recently became a Climate Leaders partner.

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