MINNEAPOLIS – Cargill today announced an enhanced commitment to protect the environment by becoming an ENERGY STAR® Partner. Cargill’s voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program means it will work toward improved energy efficiency and performance across its facilities. The company’s efforts to measure, track and improve its energy performance will be supported by the resources and tools offered through ENERGY STAR.
“We believe that an organization-wide energy management approach enhances our financial health and at the same time helps reduce our environmental footprint,” said Cargill Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety LaRaye Osborne. “ENERGY STAR allows us to augment our existing energy savings by sharing best practices with like-minded organizations and exposing us to the latest thinking of experts in and out of government.”
As part of its ENERGY STAR involvement, Cargill will:
• Measure and track the energy performance of its facilities where possible by using tools such as those offered through ENERGY STAR
• Support the ENERGY STAR Challenge to encourage improved energy efficiency of commercial buildings
• Encourage employees to learn about the benefits of energy efficiency and to implement appropriate energy efficiency measures; and
• Use the Energy Star tools to assess energy management at its facilities
Cargill joins with 30 percent of America’s Fortune 500 companies participating in ENERGY STAR. More than 83,000 buildings across the country measure and track their energy performance with ENERGY STAR, accounting for more than 14 billion square feet of space. The familiar ENERGY STAR logo found on thousands of appliances and other household goods is recognized by more than 75 percent of U.S. consumers.
Joining ENERGY STAR is only the most recent demonstration of Cargill’s commitment to sound environmental stewardship. In 2001, Cargill adopted corporate goals to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent and reduce waste by 30 percent. It met those goals by 2005 and set new goals for 2010 that included increasing use of renewables to 10 percent of energy demand, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent per metric ton of production, and reducing freshwater use by 2 percent per metric ton.
In 2007, Cargill further demonstrated its commitment by joining the Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction, registry and trading program.
“At Cargill, we are aware that our global reach creates high expectations for leadership in resource stewardship,” Osborne said. “But ‘Going Green’ is not a response to the pressures of the time for us. It’s the way we’ve done business for generations because food and feed depend on clean water, healthy soil, clean air and sunlight. That’s why we work continually to improve our standards, our actions and our processes.”