Casella Waste Systems, Inc., the only solid waste and recycling services company in the American nation who is a member of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Leaders Program, announced today it has received EPA approval for its greenhouse gas reduction goal.
Casella set an aggressive companywide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target at ten percent over seven years, from 2005 to 2012. This will reduce the company’s emissions by 100,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents each year.
The Climate Leaders Program, of which Casella has been charter member since 2003, is an industry-government partnership that works to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies.
“The solid waste industry can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “As the first solid waste and recycling services company to partner with EPA in the Climate Leaders program, Casella has assumed a leadership role in their industry which will make a positive environmental difference.”
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ten percent, Casella will:
build landfill-gas-to-energy facilities at six landfills to produce renewable electric energy from methane, gas that historically has been vented or flared into the atmosphere;
improve the fuel efficiency and emissions of its fleet through alternative fuel vehicles and technology investments;
deploy energy conservation programs at its facilities; and
implement best practices created by our dedicated team of 2,800 employees.