The Environmental Protection Agency has honored Pfizer for its award-winning Energy and Climate Change Program, which reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent per million dollars of revenue from 2000 to 2007.
These reductions were achieved in partnership with the EPA's Climate Leaders Program—an initiative in which the EPA works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. The announcement was made during a meeting of energy and climate change leaders in Chicago.
"As the largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, we have a responsibility to act proactively on environmental health issues,” said Natale Ricciardi, president of Pfizer global manufacturing. “By voluntarily reducing our GHG emissions and promoting energy conservation, we hope to increase awareness and encourage others to do the same."
Due to the leadership of its Global Energy and Climate Change Team and the efforts of colleagues worldwide, Pfizer exceeded its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals by implementing more than 1,000 projects during the duration of the goal.
Pfizer also has taken steps to improve the fuel efficiency in its sales fleet through several approaches including raising driver awareness of efficient driving methods and increased use of fuel cards and dual-fuel and hybrid vehicles in certain markets.