John Deere plans to reduce its total global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2005 to 2014.
Deere says it will use the U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders program to forge energy-saving projects to meet the target at John Deere locations worldwide.
Deere says its Germany operations, Zweibruecken Works, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by installing two carbon-neutral biomass boilers this year. The boilers will generate energy to heat facilities, air-condition offices, and provide heat for various manufacturing processes.
A recent fluorescent upgrade at Deere’s Harvester Works’ reduced demand for electricity and reduced its GHG emissions by 3,000 tons a year, the company says.
An energy management program was implemented by the company in 1973 and, in response to international global-warming concerns, Deere added a worldwide greenhouse gas emissions inventory program in 2003.
Deere was among this year’s repeat winners in Ethisphere Institute’s 2008 list of 2008 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
In 2006, EPA’s climate protection programs prevented 70 million metric tons of carbon equivalent greenhouse gas emissions – up from 63 million in 2005, according to the Energy Star and Other Climate Protection Partnerships 2006 Annual Report (PDF).