Mack receives excellence award from EPA for greenhouse gas reduction

Mack Trucks recently received an award from the EPA for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by over 43% over a five-year period.

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Mack Trucks has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for excellence in greenhouse gas management. Over a five-year period, 2008 through 2012, Mack reduced its greenhouse gas intensity per unit produced by more than 43%, smashing its goal of a 12% reduction. 

The reductions at Mack’s Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly and Mack Customer Center facilities were achieved through a comprehensive lighting mitigation strategy utilizing building automation systems and by replacing fuel oil-fired boilers with high-efficiency natural gas-fired hot water heaters. The latest accomplishment marks Mack’s second achievement through the former EPA Climate Leaders program. The company previously reduced GHG intensity per unit produced by 32% between 2003 and 2007.

“We’re honored to again be recognized for our ongoing commitment to environmentally conscious vehicle design, production and business practices,” says Roger Johnston, Vice President and General Manager of the Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie, PA. “The investments we’re making positively affect our operations today and will benefit future generations.”

Mack was one of 15 organizations to receive an award at the third annual Climate Leadership Awards, presented by EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR). The awards ceremony, part of the Climate Leadership Conference hosted by EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

Mack Trucks has made great strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Their commitment to reducing carbon pollution demonstrates that efforts to address climate change are repaid by saving money and energy, while supporting more livable and resilient communities, and a healthier, better protected environment.”

The Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly operation in 2012 became the first U.S. manufacturing facility to receive platinum- level certification according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ MSE 50021:2012 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) in the Mature Energy Pathway category. This is the highest available certification in the U.S. To achieve platinum-level certification, the plant demonstrated an energy performance improvement of 41.94% between 2002 and 2012, far exceeding the 15% required for certification. The Macungie facility also received international ISO 50001 certification, the only globally recognized standard for energy management.