Deere & Company — yep, the tractor people — announced this week plans to further reduce total global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent per dollar of revenue from by 2014. The company has committed to the reduction goal in conjunction with its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program, which Deere joined in 2007.
Climate Leaders is a voluntary industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop climate change strategies. Participants set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal and annually report their progress to the EPA.
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 installation of fluorescent lighting fixtures throughout its main assembly and sheet-metal fabrication buildings at John Deere Harvester Works.
The project reduced demand for electricity and contributes to a total of 3,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by the factory in East Moline, Ill.
A John Deere facility 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.
Not only are John Deere tractors green in color; now they’re environmentally green, too.