After achieving significant energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions over the last five years, Cummins Inc. is now “raising the bar on its efforts by becoming a Partner in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge.”
According to a press release, President Obama recently announced the challenge. The criteria for being a Challenge Partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s program include reducing energy use by at least 25% per dollar revenue from 2005-2015, committing to complete a larger-scale energy efficiency project and reporting details on energy use and progress.
Cummins joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program in 2006 and set the goal of a 25% reduction of GHG emissions per dollar revenue from 2005 to 2010. In May 2011, the company announced that it had exceeded the goal with a 28% reduction.
In becoming a Partner in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, Cummins will be building on this effort as approximately half of that 28% GHG reduction came as a result of energy efficiency improvements. The company’s new 25% energy efficiency goal over the 2005 to 2015 timeframe is equivalent to about a 40% GHG reduction.
“Cummins strongly believes in the business case for energy efficiency,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins president and COO. “It is good business, good for our business, and it is the right thing to do. By being a Challenge Partner, Cummins commits to aggressively pursue energy efficiency, which will continue to move our work forward. The Challenge also provides a forum to both share our knowledge and learn from fellow Partners that can encourage other companies to pursue energy efficiency actions.”