HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hartford has been awarded the 2015 Climate Leadership Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its continued focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is the second consecutive year The Hartford has been recognized by the EPA.
“The Hartford strives to be at the forefront of the topic of climate change,” said Alan Kreczko, The Hartford’s general counsel and chair of the company’s environment committee. “Receiving an EPA recognition for two consecutive years shows The Hartford’s continuing commitment to environmental stewardship and better understanding the implications of climate changes for our customers and our company.”
The Hartford was recognized this year in the EPA’s Goal Setting category for establishing its third GHG target. The company plans to reduce GHG emissions by an additional 20 percent by 2018. Last year, after meeting its second goal in 2012 and reducing emissions by a total of 43 percent since 2007, The Hartford was recognized in the Goal Achievement category.
Significant accomplishments by The Hartford to reduce the company’s carbon footprint in 2014 include:
- Reducing electricity consumption of the data center by 15 percent;
- Cutting internal paper consumption by an additional 18 percent;
- Updating The Hartford’s Climate Change Statement; and
- Sponsoring the company’s annual “Alternative Commuter Challenge,” in which more than 600 employees saved approximately 31,000 pounds of CO2e.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with its three NGO partners, The Climate Registry, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Association of Climate Change Officers. The 2015 awards call national attention to exemplary leadership in response to climate change, recognizing the outstanding action taken by corporate, organizational and individual leaders.
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