DANVERS, Mass., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- North American lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA announced today that it has reduced its corporate absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over the past five years — doubling the commitment it made in 2007 when the company joined the US EPA Climate Leaders Partnership.
"We're especially proud of this achievement which truly demonstrates how we've integrated sustainability into our corporate culture," said Rick Leaman, President and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA. "We will continue to strive for further emissions reductions and set additional environmental goals through our Global Care initiative."
Global Care represents OSRAM SYLVANIA's commitment to social and environmental responsibility and promotes the company's goals and achievements towards increasing its sustainable products and practices. Through Global Care, OSRAM SYLVANIA sets aggressive corporate goals, such as energy reduction, packaging improvements, increased recycling activities and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
As a part of its continued commitment to sustainable practices, OSRAM SYLVANIA pledged to reduce its corporate-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 10 percent between 2006 and 2011 — just one of many social and environmental goals set by the company through its Global Care program. The impressive 20-percent-reduction achievement was accomplished through a range of activities focusing on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions including:
- Lighting upgrades at manufacturing facilities and distribution centers
- An energy-efficient furnace rebuild at OSRAM SYLVANIA's Versailles, KY facility
- Baseline energy improvements at all facilities
- SYLVANIA Lighting Services fleet upgrades and retirement of older vehicles
- Speed management and no-idling policies for service vehicles
- SmartWay certified vehicles required for the national sales fleet
Additionally, OSRAM SYLVANIA pledged to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over the course of 10 years. In the five years since its baseline year of 2006, the company reduced its energy intensity by 12.77 percent, as reported to the US Department of Energy's Better Plants Program — keeping it on track to achieve its 10-year goal.
"We continue to demonstrate our environmental leadership with achievements like these. Such accomplishments demonstrate the company's commitment to sustainability that is set at the top and executed at every level throughout the company," said Jennifer Dolin, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs.
About OSRAM SYLVANIA
OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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