Air Products has reiterated its pledge to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In doing so the firm became the first industrial gas company to win approval of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders® program.
Pat Loughlin, Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality and Chair of Air Products’ Sustainability Council, reacted positively to the news. He remarked, “We are very pleased to have worked with EPA under Climate Leaders for the past five years to ensure the integrity of our inventory and accounting and set this goal.”
“Our products and technology solutions enable our customers to significantly reduce their emissions and lower their energy use, so formalizing our GHG emission reduction goal is a natural next step in our drive to continuously improve our own environmental performance.”
Air Products’ production intensity based emission reduction goal, pledges to reduce GHG emissions by 7% per production index by 2015. It is also aligned with the company’s 2015 intensity based energy efficiency goals for large ASUs and hydrogen, carbon monoxide and synthesis gas (HyCO) facilities, which represent approximately 80% of the company’s total global energy requirements.
Beth Craig, Director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnership Division, commented, “EPAs Climate Leaders are some of the largest and most competitive companies in manufacturing, finance, information technology and other major sectors of the economy.”
“We applaud Air Products for setting a goal to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They’re proving that they can be both industry leaders and leaders in the fight against climate change.”