Linde Gas, has been awarded the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) award for excellent environmental performance in 2006.

The award recognizes industrial gases companies whose efforts have a significantly positive effect on our environment. Linde received the award for developing the ECOCYL® refillable cylinder. The cylinder increases safety and efficiency for customers who now use disposable calibration gases or lecture bottles, and eliminates the need to dispose of them as hazardous waste.

$quot;Linde is pleased we are able to reduce our impact on the environment. This project, and others like it, reflects Linde's overall commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our employees, customers and neighbors wherever we do business,$quot; said Pat Murphy, regional business unit head for Linde in North America.