Environmental Protection & Preservation
Abbott Goes Carbon Neutral with U.S. Fleet
Abbott, the global health care company, announced today that it is the first FORTUNE
500 company to go "carbon neutral" with its entire US fleet of company
At an environmental summit today in Chicago, Abbott also unveiled its
new Global Energy Policy and announced the installation of a large,
500-kilowatt hour solar power system to produce electricity for parts of a
manufacturing plant in southern California.
Driving Green and In Neutral:
Fleet vehicles are driven an average of 25,000 miles per year -- nearly
doubling the mileage, fuel consumption, and emissions of personal vehicles.
A typical fleet of 500 vehicles can put more than 6,000 tons of greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions into the air annually.
At Abbott, the company's fleet represents close to 11 percent of the
company's total emissions. Abbott will reduce the carbon emissions from its
6,000-vehicle fleet in the United States by offering a hybrid vehicle
option starting immediately. The company will then purchase carbon offsets
in early 2008 to neutralize the balance of the fleet's impact on the
environment -- to become "carbon neutral."
"I drive thousands of miles a month," said Lisa Valtierra, advocacy
relations manager, Abbott
and a driver of one of the company's fleet
vehicles. "Being able to select a car that is friendlier to the environment
is important to me because I believe, as Abbott does, that we all need to
do our part."
"We were happy to help Abbott take a hard look at its fleet and figure
out how to improve efficiency, cut fuel use and offset greenhouse gas
emissions -- while saving money. This is green business strategy at its
best," said Gwen Ruta, director of corporate partnerships at Environmental
Defense. "We urge other companies to follow Abbott's example."
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