Caterpillar Recognized for Collective Air Quality Improvement in the U.S.

For Worldwide Release: May 2014
Release Number: EEPR0414

PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. received the 2013 Certificate of Avoided Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for extensive efforts in combined heat and power (CHP). To date, Caterpillar has installed nearly 200 CHP projects for customers, which according to the EPA’s estimates have prevented approximately 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the air. That’s equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than two million passenger vehicles.

“Our employees have a passion for not only engineering and building the best products for customers but also for the communities in which they live and serve,” said Willy Schumacher, general manager for Caterpillar Energy Solutions. “While this recognition only includes our efforts in the United States, we’re engineering, manufacturing and installing CHP products from the Cat and MWM brands all around the world. CHP is instrumental to how we’re developing innovative ways to get the most out of our generator sets and help make the globe greener.”  

Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar company, also received recognition for its efforts in reducing emissions. When combining the CHP projects of Caterpillar and Solar Turbines, the EPA estimates that nearly 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide were avoided, which is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions of more than eight million passenger vehicles.

The EPA’s carbon pollution avoidance estimate is calculated by comparing the emissions from each CHP system to the total emissions from conventional separate heat and power. Caterpillar and Solar Turbines are both participants of the EPA CHP Partnership program.

Projects utilizing CHP generator set technology capture the heat byproduct in electricity generation and reuse it for heating, cooling, dehumidification and other processing applications. This advanced technology decreases energy costs and increases efficiency by up to 90 percent using less fuel to generate the same amount of energy, resulting in fewer emissions.

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