Deere Tackles Future Greenhouse Emissions

June 16, 2008 07:00 PM
 
An AgWeb.com Farm Equipment Special

Deere & Company has announced plans to further reduce its total global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent per dollar of revenue from 2005 to 2014. The company has committed to the reduction goal in conjunction with its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, which Deere joined in 2007.

"John Deere's greenhouse gas reduction goal shows the company's commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship," said Laurie Zelnio, Director, Safety, Environment and Standards at Deere & Company. John Deere locations worldwide will implement energy-saving projects to meet the target.

According to the company’s announcement, John Deere's energy management program began in 1973 and requires company operations to implement energy-conservation initiatives and track energy use. In response to international global-warming concerns, Deere added a worldwide greenhouse gas emissions inventory program in 2003.

Deere's direct greenhouse gas emissions come from operations such as foundry, heat-treat, painting, powerhouse, and testing. Indirect emissions result from demand for electricity or steam.

Examples of Deere's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions include John Deere Harvester Works' recent installation of fluorescent lighting fixtures throughout its main assembly and sheet-metal fabrication buildings. The upgrade project reduced demand for electricity and contributes to a total of 3,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by its East Moline, Ill., factory.

John Deere products incorporate features to lessen adverse environmental impact and advance sustainable production and efficiency. John Deere Power Systems, which manufactures diesel engines from 30 kW to 448 kW (40 hp to 600 hp), has been a leader in reducing diesel engine emissions. John Deere's GreenStar™ AutoTrac™ assisted steering system helps farmers conserve agricultural inputs while decreasing environmental impact and fuel consumption.


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