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Overachieving on Greenhouse Gas Reduction

"Overachieving on Greenhouse Gas Reductions through Energy Efficiency"  
   
A handful of major corporations that set tough greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals just a few years ago have met their targets ahead of schedule—thanks mainly to improving the energy efficiency of their buildings and processes rather than purchasing renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.
 
   
The international computing technology and services company Xerox Corp. hit and then overshot its GHG reduction goal six years early; Roche Group (U.S. Affiliates), a pharmaceuticals research and manufacturing company, exceeded its goal two years early; and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a semiconductor and computing device manufacturing company, broke through its target a year before its deadline. Each of these companies set GHG reduction goals as participants in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Leaders program (Table 1, page 2).1

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