Caterpillar Recognized for Improving Air Quality in the U.S.

For Worldwide Release: May 13, 2015
Release Number: EEPR0715

PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. and Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar company, each received the 2014 Certificate of Avoided Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achievement in reducing carbon pollution with combined heat and power (CHP).

Solar Turbines has 195 CHP installations across the country. According to the EPA’s CHP Partnership, these projects have prevented an estimated 45.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide for avoided emissions, which is equal to the electricity used by 700,478 homes annually.

“At Solar Turbines, we are passionate about gas turbines, our customers and the communities in which we live and work,” said Kim Michaels, Director of Business Development for Power Generation at Solar Turbines. “This recognition brings to light all of our passions. We are very proud to do our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing cleaner, more efficient energy to our customers.”

Additionally, Caterpillar’s 200 U.S.-based CHP projects have prevented nearly 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the air. This includes avoided emissions of more than 644,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual electricity use of 88,638 homes.

“From product conception and design to sales and installation, everyone involved in our CHP efforts is very proud of this achievement in contributing to cleaner air quality for communities all over the nation,” said Tim Scott, North America Sales Manager for Caterpillar Energy Solutions. “Our goal is to continue this work in providing our customers with CHP solutions that are engineered to not only help avoid emissions, but also to provide reliable, cost-effective power in every application.”

Caterpillar and Solar Turbines are both participants in the EPA’s CHP Partnership program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of electric power generation. The Partnership calculates carbon pollution avoidance estimates by comparing the emissions from each CHP system to the total emissions from conventional heat and power.

Projects with CHP generator set technology capture the heat byproduct in electricity generation and reuse it for heating, cooling, dehumidification and other processing applications. This 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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