Raytheon, which is headquartered in Waltham and has a location in Marlborough, joined Staples as the two New England Companies to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the Climate Leadership Awards.
Raytheon and Staples received Goal Achievement Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management late last week. Both companies publicly report and verify their GHG inventories and have achieved their aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals.
“These two New England companies are leading by example, demonstrating their commitment to addressing climate change through transparency and action. Leaders like Raytheon and Staples inspire and challenge others to set and meet climate goals,” stated Curt Spalding, EPA New England Regional Administrator.
Under the EPA’s former Climate Leaders program, Raytheon set a goal of reducing total GHG emissions by 10 percent from 2008 to 2015. Raytheon achieved a 16 percent reduction by the end of 2011, meeting its goal several years ahead of schedule and exceeding its 10 percent reduction goal.
In 2003, Staples (which is headquartered in Framingham) established a goal of reducing total GHG emissions by 7 percent from 2001 to 2010 under the EPA’s former Climate Leaders program. Staples exceeded its goal and cut 30 percent of its GHG, despite significant growth and acquisitions.
EPA launched the Climate Leadership Awards in 2011 in partnership with ACCO, C2ES, and TCR, to recognize and incentivize exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. This year’s 23 award recipients include 17 companies, four public sector entities, and two individuals.
These awardees have demonstrated leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies, according to the EPA.