MOLINE, Ill., June 17 /CNW/ -- Deere & Company today announced plans to
further reduce its total global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent per
dollar of revenue from 2005 to 2014. The company has committed to the
reduction goal in conjunction with its participation in the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, which Deere joined in 2007.
"John Deere's greenhouse gas reduction goal shows the company's
commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship," said
Laurie Zelnio, Director, Safety, Environment and Standards at Deere & Company.
John Deere locations worldwide will implement energy-saving projects to meet
Climate Leaders is a voluntary industry-government partnership that works
with companies to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies.
Participants set a corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal and
annually report their progress to the EPA. Through program participation,
companies create a credible record of their accomplishments, reduce their
impact on the global environment, and identify themselves as corporate climate
John Deere's energy management program began in 1973 and requires company
operations to implement energy-conservation initiatives and track energy use.
In response to international global-warming concerns, Deere added a worldwide
greenhouse gas emissions inventory program in 2003.
Deere's direct greenhouse gas emissions come from operations such as
foundry, heat-treat, painting, powerhouse, and testing. Indirect emissions
result from demand for electricity or steam.
Examples of Deere's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
include John Deere Harvester Works' recent installation of fluorescent
lighting fixtures throughout its main assembly and sheet-metal fabrication
buildings. The upgrade project reduced demand for electricity and contributes
to a total of 3,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by the
East Moline, Ill., factory. John Deere's Zweibruecken Works in Germany 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.
John Deere products incorporate features to lessen adverse environmental
impact and advance sustainable production and efficiency. John Deere Power
Systems, which manufactures diesel engines from 30 kW to 448 kW (40 hp to 600
hp), has been a leader in reducing diesel engine emissions. John Deere's
GreenStar(TM) AutoTrac(TM) assisted steering system helps farmers conserve
agricultural inputs while decreasing environmental impact and fuel
"Our commitment to these types of projects and to the goals of the
Climate Leaders program demonstrate that we can be both a sustainable and
growing company that remains competitive in world markets while also remaining
committed to company core values," Zelnio said.
Besides finding ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from its
operations, John Deere will continue to look for ways to incorporate energy
efficiency through new technology into product design, new facilities and
facility updates, she said.
In addition to its membership in the EPA Climate Leaders initiative,
Deere also is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, another
initiative to address greenhouse gas emissions. This alliance of major
businesses and leading environmental groups calls for federal legislation
requiring significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider
of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major
provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf
care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services
worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since
it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity,
quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
For further information:
For further information: Mary Doss, Manager, News Services of Deere &
Company, +1-309-765-4106 Web Site: http://www.deere.com