Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. EPA's Performance Track Members Achieve a 12% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. EPA's Performance Track Members Achieve a 12% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Data released on May 14, 2008, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA's) National Environmental Performance Track (Performance Track) program shows that since its inception in 2000, Performance Track members have collectively saved enough energy to power 46,000 homes for one year, enough greenhouse gases to offset the emissions of 57,000 cars for one year, and solid waste equivalent to that produced by 553,000 households in one year. These and other numbers were released by Performance Track in their Annual Progress Report.

To date, the combined environmental efforts of all Performance Track member facilities have resulted in impressive cumulative savings, including

* reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 309,780 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent--a 12% decrease from their baseline level;

* increases in use of recycled materials for production processes by 559,991 tons; and

* reductions in water consumption by 5.2 billion gallons, which would have increased by an additional 25 billion gallons if members had continued with business as usual instead of working toward their Performance Track goals.

"Performance Track members are voluntarily taking innovative steps to improve environmental performance above and beyond their legal requirements," said Dan Fiorino, director of Performance Track. …

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