Cummins announces new environmental sustainability goals

Cummins aims to achieve a 3.5 million metric tonnes reduction in carbon dioxide by 2020 through its new sustainability goals for products in-use and logistics of company freight.

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Cummins Inc. has announced two new environmental sustainability goals, for its products in-use and the logistics of the company's managed freight.

These new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint. Last year, Cummins announced its first comprehensive Global Environmental Sustainability Plan including goals for water, waste and energy use in Cummins facilities and operations.

Cummins' mission demands that everything the company does leads to a cleaner, healthier, safer environment. The company is taking the next step in fulfilling this mission and building on its long history of environmental leadership.

The company is making a difference in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by partnering with customers to improve the fuel efficiency of its products in-use, the largest part of the company's CO2 footprint. Cummins is now raising the bar by pledging by 2020 to reach an annual reduction of 3.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which equates to 350 million gallons of fuel.

"With millions of engines and generators in service around the world, there's no question in my mind that Cummins has the global reach to make a difference for the environment," says Brian Mormino, Executive Director Worldwide Environmental Strategy and Compliance, Cummins Inc.

By the end of 2020, the company expects to reach 20% of its customers, cumulatively saving them 1.6 billion gallons of fuel, $6 billon and more than 15 million metric tonnes of CO2. This equates to taking 3.2 million passenger vehicles off the road. In 2014 alone, the company's fuel efficiency work reduced CO2 emissions from products in-use equal to the CO2 footprint of Cummins global facilities.

In addition to products in-use fuel efficiency, Cummins is also pledging to use the most efficient methods to move goods across the Cummins network to reduce CO2 per kilogram of goods moved by 10% by 2020.

As part of its supply chain strategy, Cummins has adopted a global transportation management system to improve the speed and efficiency of goods moved and to improve end-to-end visibility to manage the process. Adding a goal for CO2 reduction not only will quantify the environmental benefit that the company expects to achieve through this system, but accelerate and expand our efforts globally.

"We view our environmental sustainability plan as a process of continuous improvement," says Mormino. "Cummins will continue to develop more strategies as our efforts mature and set new goals after we meet existing targets. Our company is currently focusing on environmental strategies for new products and supplier engagement and will talk more about that as those plans are finalized."

The company's 2014-2015 Sustainability Report, which will be published May 12, 2015, will have more details on progress toward meeting our stated goals in water, waste and energy.