Submitted by: Colgate-Palmolive Company
Posted: Sep 25, 2014 – 07:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, N.Y., Sep. 25 /CSRwire/ - Eleven more Colgate-Palmolive manufacturing sites have successfully achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry in 2014. Thirty-one Colgate sites have now earned this recognition, surpassing the Company’s 2015 goal to have half of its sites around the world achieve the distinction. The sites were recognized for reducing energy intensity by at least 10 percent – with a number of sites achieving energy intensity reductions above 20 percent.
Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA also recognized Colgate with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is among the highest levels of EPA recognition. It highlights Colgate’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency is an important part of the Company’s global sustainability efforts, which include a 2020 goal to reduce carbon emissions on an absolute basis by 25 percent compared to 2002, with a longer-term goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2050.
To further support this commitment, Colgate has also joined the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which encourages the voluntary use of green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Partners benefit from the use of green power, while supporting the development of renewable energy in the United States. This year, Colgate purchased wind power from facilities in the electricity grids that serve its U.S. manufacturing plants.
“Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstrates leadership in the fight against climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial program. "Innovative strategies in energy management are among the most cost-effective ways to protect the environment, benefit business and support the well-being of American families.”
Colgate’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are part of the Company’s recently launched 2015 to 2020 Sustainability Strategy. To learn more about Colgate’s strategy and progress, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com/sustainability.
About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s flagship global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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