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Abbott Cuts Use of Oil and Coal by 35 Percent
Date:9/30/2009

nts around the world manufacturing pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and medical products, Abbott's opportunities to save electricity and utilize cleaner fuels vary based on the location and needs of its various manufacturing plants, as well as local availability of alternative energy sources. As a result, the company has exceeded its goal through a variety of projects including:

  • Co-generation -- In locations where its plants require a significant amount of steam, Abbott has invested in technology that produces both electricity and recycles waste heat to make steam. Abbott facilities powered in part by co-generation include pharmaceutical plants in Campoverde, Italy and Ludwigshafen, Germany. For example, in Campoverde, 85 percent of the plant's electric power demand is provided by co-generation.
  • Renewable energy -- Abbott has invested in renewable power sources, such as solar energy. Rooftop solar panels have been installed at Abbott's vascular product manufacturing facility in Temecula, Calif., commercial offices in Delkenheim, Germany and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Campoverde and Ludwigshafen. In one location, solar energy supplies 7 percent of the plant's electric power needs.
  • Energy efficient equipment -- Abbott is utilizing energy efficient equipment, such as lighting systems that require less electricity in Casa Grande, Ariz. and Des Plaines, Ill. Initiatives at other locations include high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and variable frequency drives in plant equipment that provide only as much power as needed.

Looking to the future, Abbott continues to strive for reductions in electricity consumption and use of fossil fuels. Abbott businesses around the world are incorporating energy efficiency and use of cleaner fuels into new building design, and are implementing more than 10 new major energy-saving projects per year at exist
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