Lost in most of the policy discussions about greenhouse gases (GHG) in Washington, is the fact that the U.S. manufacturers are already leading the world in reducing emissions. Through manufacturing ingenuity and a commitment to environmental stewardship, manufacturers have reduced their annual carbon dioxide emissions by over 10 percent from 2005 levels. Manufacturers have also been integral in helping lower the United States’ total annual carbon emissions by nearly 700 million tons over the same time period–more than any other country in the world.
Recently, Caterpillar Inc. and its subsidiary, Solar Turbines, were recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for making substantial carbon emission reductions through the deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) systems. CHP systems allow manufacturers and other industries to maximize energy efficiency and lower emissions, while often saving costs. In total, Caterpillar’s CHP projects accounted for over 5.7 million tons of avoided carbon emissions, equal to the amount of emissions associated with powering 789,116 homes.
As manufacturing continues its resurgence in the U.S., we should be encouraged that this growth is being driven by manufacturers like Caterpillar who are leveraging technology and innovation to increase efficiency and productivity with less impact on the environment.
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