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2006 Climate Protection Award Winners

CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT & MILITARY AWARDS
Arizona Public Service Company
Baxter International Inc.
DENSO Corporation
IBM Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The United States Air Force
Yokota Tohoku, Inc.

ORGANIZATION & ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Susan J. Brown
Gregory J. Nickels
Barry G. Rabe


CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT & MILITARY AWARDS

Arizona Public Service Company
In 1994, the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) joined the Department of Energy's Climate Challenge Program and committed to reduce system-wide GHG emissions in absolute tons to below the 1990 level by the target year 2000. APS achieved this ambitious goal, even as total generation grew 21% (from 19.9 to 24.1 million megawatt hours). By the year 2010, APS will reduce carbon intensity by 10% below 2000 level by implementing demand-side management, expanding its renewable energy portfolio, reusing coal combustion by-products, increasing power plant energy efficiency, managing generation fuel-mix, and reducing emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) used in electric switch gear.

Baxter International Inc.
Baxter International was a charter member of the EPA Climate Leaders program and a founding member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. The firm has partnered with EPA's Performance Track and Energy Star programs to promote responsible actions to protect the environment. Through these voluntary commitments and internal programs, Baxter reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by 35% per unit of production value from 1996-2004. Baxter continues to invest in capital improvements and manufacturing technologies to further reduce its global warming impacts and is currently setting a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for 2010.

DENSO Corporation
Refrigeration and air conditioning technologies have a large impact on the earth's climate, first because of the power they consume, and secondly, through the refrigerants they use. There are large opportunities to protect the Climate by improving these technologies. DENSO has done this by reducing the energy use and refrigerant emissions of residential heat pumps, vehicle air conditioning and refrigerant units. One extraordinary technology DENSO developed is the Ejector Cycle. When this technology is installed in a refrigeration unit, combined with other complementary breakthroughs in components and controls, it demonstrates efficiency improvements of 50 percent or more and leads to a 70% reduction in refrigerant greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented in every Japanese household and vehicle, DENSO estimates that country-wide emissions would fall by 13,180,000 tons per year. DENSO is also a founding member of the Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership. This partnership pledged to reduce vehicle refrigerant emissions by at least 50% and to improve air conditioning fuel efficiency by at least 30%.

IBM Corporation
Since earning its first EPA Climate Protection Award in 1998, IBM has redoubled its pioneering climate protection campaign and achieved extraordinary results. In 1998, IBM became the first semiconductor manufacturer in the world to announce a company specific perfluorocompound (PFC) emission reduction goal. Upon joining EPA Climate Leaders in 2002, IBM continued to aggressively invest in energy conservation projects; increased the purchase of renewable energy on a worldwide basis; developed and implemented process conversions to reduce high-global warming impact PFC emissions from its semiconductor manufacturing; and significantly increased employee participation in car pools and working from home. Between 2000 and 2005, IBM achieved an annual average CO2 emission reduction of 6.2% by implementing energy conservation projects and purchasing renewable energy, and reduced its PFC emissions by a total of 61.9%. In 2005, IBM avoided 485 thousand metric tons of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to not burning nearly 1.1 million barrels of oil.

IBM is the first corporation to earn two EPA Climate Protection Awards.

Johnson & Johnson
In 2005, Johnson & Johnson purchased more green power than any other corporation in the United States. This outstanding support of renewable energy has earned it the EPA Green Power Leadership Award for the past four years. Each Johnson & Johnson facility chooses how to capitalize on local renewable energy opportunities, with projects ranging from a landfill gas combined heat and power project in California to photovoltaic solar energy cells in New Jersey. The company now purchases over 304,000 Megawatt hours of renewable energy annually in the US and generates a significant amount of its own green power through on-site solar and landfill gas projects. Johnson & Johnson has committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2010, in absolute terms, and believes green power will play a major role in achieving that target. As of the end of 2005, the company's carbon dioxide emissions worldwide were 11.5% below 1990 levels.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a world leader in renewable energy technology, including development and testing of sustainable energy technology. Their research and engineering activities are the basis of numerous important advances in photovoltaics, wind energy, building technology, advanced vehicle and automotive systems, solar thermal electric, hydrogen, superconductivity, geothermal power, and distributed energy. NREL is a founding member of the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership and the Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership. NREL was also the first federal participant in the EPA Climate Leaders Partnership (CLP). NREL was one of five CLP members to set and successfully meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal (10 percent per square foot from 2000 to 2005). Additionally, NREL's analytical contribution to the EPA Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership will allow the automotive community to prevent over 35 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions annually and save the average consumer hundreds of dollars over the life of their vehicle.

The United States Air Force
The U.S. Air Force has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the use of renewable energy by becoming America's largest green power customer and by investing in significant on-site biomass, wind farm, and photovoltaic generation. In 2004, the Air Force's purchase of 321 thousand megawatt hours of green power earned them the top ranking in the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership and the Green Power Partner of the Year Award. In 2005, the Air Force expanded on-site renewable energy projects and increased green power purchases by over 300%, making them one of the first organizations in the world to purchase over one million megawatt hours of green power. These impressive efforts currently reduce CO2 emissions by 1.38 billion pounds annually-equivalent to saving 1.5 million barrels of oil or taking 135,000 cars off the road.

Yokota Tohoku, Inc.
Yokota Tohoku company is committed to developing products that protect the environment. In 1995, Yokota Tohoku designed a new process to manufacture food containers that are recycled with far less energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The "re-re-pack" process also reduces environmental pollutants, creates less solid waste, and reduces the use of water, water heating, and detergents. Yokota Tohoku goes even further beyond the call of duty with public education programs that encourage customers to avoid waste by reusing and recycling, and has created a visitor center dedicated to environmental protection. Yokota's combined efforts save energy, reduce environmental impacts, and promote higher environmental literacy among children and customers.

ORGANIZATION & ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide
The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) is the global leader in improving the environmental performance of vehicle air conditioning service. When CFC refrigerant emissions from automotive air conditioning were discovered to cause severe damage to the Ozone Layer, MACS was the first to promote refrigerant containment, recovery and recycling to automotive technicians through their training programs, conventions, publications, website, and networking activities. As a result of their actions, which have been copied worldwide, millions of pounds of ozone-depleting CFC refrigerant were kept from being vented to the atmosphere. Now, MACS is an integral member of the Mobile Air Conditioning Climate Protection Partnership that is working to reduce HFC greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions by at least 50% and to improve air conditioner efficiency by at least 30%. Thanks to MACS, the vehicle air conditioning industry is at the forefront of environmental responsibility.

Refrigerant Reclaim Australia
Since its founding more than a decade ago, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA) has collected and destroyed more than 1350 metric tons of mixed fluorocarbon refrigerant, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of approximately seven million tons of CO2. RRA is a not-for-profit, industry-funded company that is responsible for the recovery and safe destruction of refrigerants in Australia. In the original business plan, importers of fluorocarbon refrigerants voluntarily contributed A$1 per kilogram of refrigerant imported to pay the costs of refrigerant management, including a bounty for refrigerants returned to a national facility for safe destruction in a plasma-arc furnace. More recently, the Commonwealth legislature introduced product stewardship as a requirement for importers of refrigerant, including that contained in equipment, to formalize the program. The current bounty paid for return of contaminated refrigerants is A$5 per kilogram. They also take back material for destruction from other countries, including material from New Zealand and Indonesia.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Susan J. Brown
Susan Brown's commitment to climate protection has inspired professional and elected officials to take action at state and local levels throughout California. She represents the State of California on the tri-state West Coast Governor's Global Warming Initiative, coordinates California's stakeholder input process for climate action planning, leads the state's energy team in strategizing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advocates for local government participation in the state's response to global warming. Susan Brown was particularly influential in crafting the West Coast Governor's Global Warming Initiative-the leading state action on climate change in the United States.

Gregory J. Nickels
Seattle Mayor Gregory Nickels demonstrated extraordinary leadership and personal dedication by creating the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, under which over 200 mayors representing more than 44 million Americans in 39 states have committed to climate protection. Under this agreement, cities agree to take three actions: 1. Meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets; 2. Urge state and federal governments to meet or beat Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas emission reduction targets; and 3. Urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation and establish a national emission trading system. In June 2005, the U.S. Conference of Mayors strengthened cities' resolve by unanimously endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Mayor Nickels has succeeded in raising public awareness locally and nationally and has demonstrated the role of local governments on this critical environmental and economic issue. His leadership has energized climate protection work in many communities throughout the USA.

Barry G. Rabe
Professor Barry G. Rabe (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan) was the first to document and analyze how and why U.S. states are taking the lead on climate protection. His research, publications, speeches and one-on-one interactions guide and inspire states to select successful climate protection strategies that build prosperity while protecting the environment for future generations. Professor Rabe has documented how states from all regions of the United States have pursued cost-effective strategies that lower their climate impact. As a result of his work, politicians and the public know how states can combat climate change. Dr. Rabe also holds appointments in the University's Program in the Environment and School of Natural Resources and Environment. He continues to pursue research on the evolution of renewable portfolio standards; strategies to build collaboration across state boundaries; policy differences between U.S. states and Canadian provinces, and prospects for further U.S.- Canadian collaboration on climate change.


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