Manufacturers Like Caterpillar Leading the Way in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By April 2, 2015General

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.

Greg Bertelsen

Greg Bertelsen

Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Greg Bertelsen is the director of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Bertelsen oversees the NAM’s environmental policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, major EPA regulations and the rulemaking process.Mr. Bertelsen’ s background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a range of key energy and environmental issues. Mr. Bertelsen received his JD from American University and his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.
Greg Bertelsen

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