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By PBN Staff
PAWTUCKET – Toymaker Hasbro Inc. was one of two New England companies recognized for corporate efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the third annual Climate Leadership Awards.
Hasbro and property and casualty insurance company The Hartford of Hartford, Conn., were among 15 organizations and two individuals recognized in the 2014 awards, presented at the Climate Leadership Conference held in San Diego from Feb. 24-26.
The EPA – in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry – presented the awards for exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. Recipients must have demonstrated leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies.
“The commitments and reductions made by The Hartford and Hasbro show the positive difference companies can make to reduce the greenhouse gases that are impacting our climate,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA’s New England office. “We hope their example will inspire other companies to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to our environment.”
Hasbro received the “Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management” goal-setting certificate for publicly reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and for setting aggressive emissions reduction goals.
By the end of 2020, Hasbro aims to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent of its 2012 levels, through replacing existing roof insulation with energy-efficient materials, making HVAC upgrades and replacements, and converting from fuel oil to natural gas.
In 2012, Hasbro reported that it had cut emissions by 32 percent over its 2008 baseline, surpassing its goal of 10 percent, and between 2000 and 2007 the company cut emissions by 43 percent.
Hasbro received an “Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management” goal-achievement award in the EPA’s 2012 Climate Leadership Awards in recognition of having exceeded its emissions reduction target. The company was not recognized in the 2013 awards.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the U.S. EPA and its partner organizations,” said Duncan Billing, executive vice president and global chief development officer for Hasbro. “This award is a testament to Hasbro’s commitment to continuously reduce the environmental impacts of our global operations as well as our 2020 sustainability goals which build upon our previous achievements and serve to guide us forward.”