Caterpillar Celebrates Environmental Improvements - Past, Present and Future

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Caterpillar

    PEORIA, Ill., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- With
 worldwide interest building up to the 31st Annual Earth Day on April 22,
 Caterpillar employees are celebrating remarkable environmental gains and
 looking to the future of sustainable development.
      In a letter this week to employees, Caterpillar Vice President Duane
 Livingston commended employees around the world for their community
 involvement and environmental stewardship.
      "I'm happy to say that we at Caterpillar have a lot to celebrate this
 weekend.  That's because you, as Cat employees, continue to make a difference
 around the world," Livingston wrote.  "Not only do thousands of you volunteer
 your personal time and resources to worthy causes, you're also helping
 Caterpillar become a recognized leader in waste prevention, recycling and
 sustainable development."
      The letter recapped some of the company's accomplishments in the
 environmental arena.  Those accomplishments included contributions largely
 stemming from the company's Environmental Excellence Program, originated in
 1995.
 
      -- $70 million in cost savings from more than 175 environmental
         improvement projects.
      -- Avoidance of 500,000 cubic yards (380,000 cubic meters) of landfill
         waste -- equal to one football field piled 100 yards high.
      -- Elimination of 10.5 million pounds (4.73 million kilos) of hazardous
         waste.
      -- Elimination of 1.2 billion gallons (4.56 billion liters) of
         wastewater, equivalent to a lifetime supply of clean drinking water
         for 75,000 people.
      -- Reduction of NOx and particulates emissions from diesel engines by
         more than 90 percent in the past decade.
      -- Extensive work with the Tropical Forest Foundation to educate farmers
         in the Amazon basin about sustainable forestry practices like the
         low-impact logging methods supported by Caterpillar. The logging
         method creates a new harvest in 30 to 40 years rather than the 70 to
         100 years required in conventional logging. Sustainable development
         practices championed by Caterpillar help ensure we meet the needs of
         today without compromising the future.
 
     In his letter, Livingston also highlighted activities and advancements
 that will further the company's environmental contribution. Those activities
 include:
 
      -- A new eco-filter developed by Cat that reduces landfill waste and
         lowers the operating costs of engines by allowing for reusable filter
         canisters.
      -- Membership in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
         (WBCSD). The WBCSD is a coalition of 150 international companies
         dedicated to environmental protection, social equity and economic
         growth through sustainable development.
      -- The Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology (ACERT)
         recently unveiled by Caterpillar for on-highway truck engines to lower
         emissions and operating costs, cut noise up to 50 percent and maintain
         overall performance.  ACERT allows Cat engines to meet EPA regulations
         without the costly gas recirculation and chassis redesign methods
         employed by competitors.
 
     In concluding his letter to employees, Livingston wrote, "Time and time
 again, you prove that environmental responsibility is not just the right thing
 to do, it makes good business sense."
     To learn more about Caterpillar's commitment to the environment and social
 responsibility, the company's "Making a difference" book is available online
 at
 http://www.cat.com/about_cat/social_responsibility/social_responsibility.html
 
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    PEORIA, Ill., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- With
 worldwide interest building up to the 31st Annual Earth Day on April 22,
 Caterpillar employees are celebrating remarkable environmental gains and
 looking to the future of sustainable development.
      In a letter this week to employees, Caterpillar Vice President Duane
 Livingston commended employees around the world for their community
 involvement and environmental stewardship.
      "I'm happy to say that we at Caterpillar have a lot to celebrate this
 weekend.  That's because you, as Cat employees, continue to make a difference
 around the world," Livingston wrote.  "Not only do thousands of you volunteer
 your personal time and resources to worthy causes, you're also helping
 Caterpillar become a recognized leader in waste prevention, recycling and
 sustainable development."
      The letter recapped some of the company's accomplishments in the
 environmental arena.  Those accomplishments included contributions largely
 stemming from the company's Environmental Excellence Program, originated in
 1995.
 
      -- $70 million in cost savings from more than 175 environmental
         improvement projects.
      -- Avoidance of 500,000 cubic yards (380,000 cubic meters) of landfill
         waste -- equal to one football field piled 100 yards high.
      -- Elimination of 10.5 million pounds (4.73 million kilos) of hazardous
         waste.
      -- Elimination of 1.2 billion gallons (4.56 billion liters) of
         wastewater, equivalent to a lifetime supply of clean drinking water
         for 75,000 people.
      -- Reduction of NOx and particulates emissions from diesel engines by
         more than 90 percent in the past decade.
      -- Extensive work with the Tropical Forest Foundation to educate farmers
         in the Amazon basin about sustainable forestry practices like the
         low-impact logging methods supported by Caterpillar. The logging
         method creates a new harvest in 30 to 40 years rather than the 70 to
         100 years required in conventional logging. Sustainable development
         practices championed by Caterpillar help ensure we meet the needs of
         today without compromising the future.
 
     In his letter, Livingston also highlighted activities and advancements
 that will further the company's environmental contribution. Those activities
 include:
 
      -- A new eco-filter developed by Cat that reduces landfill waste and
         lowers the operating costs of engines by allowing for reusable filter
         canisters.
      -- Membership in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
         (WBCSD). The WBCSD is a coalition of 150 international companies
         dedicated to environmental protection, social equity and economic
         growth through sustainable development.
      -- The Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology (ACERT)
         recently unveiled by Caterpillar for on-highway truck engines to lower
         emissions and operating costs, cut noise up to 50 percent and maintain
         overall performance.  ACERT allows Cat engines to meet EPA regulations
         without the costly gas recirculation and chassis redesign methods
         employed by competitors.
 
     In concluding his letter to employees, Livingston wrote, "Time and time
 again, you prove that environmental responsibility is not just the right thing
 to do, it makes good business sense."
     To learn more about Caterpillar's commitment to the environment and social
 responsibility, the company's "Making a difference" book is available online
 at
 http://www.cat.com/about_cat/social_responsibility/social_responsibility.html
 
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