ConAgra Foods is participating in several new programs to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions.

The food processor has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders initiative, an industry-government partnership launched in 2002. Its objective is to help companies develop long-term climate change strategies, set greenhouse-gas reduction goals and assess emissions to measure progress.

ConAgra also is part of EPA's Energy Star program, which is a market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency.

ConAgra participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project as well, with results to be published in September. CDP was established in 2000 to facilitate dialogue between companies and investors and formulate a rational response to climate change.

"Our energy conservation efforts are part of our corporate citizenship responsibilities and critical to our business success," says James Lime, ConAgra's vice president of environment, health and safety.

Source: ConAgra