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Cummins sets sustainability goals

Cummins Inc. announced two new environmental sustainability goals.

Cummins Inc. announced two new environmental sustainability goals, for its products in-use and the logistics of the company's managed freight.

The new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint. Last year, Cummins announced its first comprehensive Global Environmental Sustainability Plan, including goals for water, waste and energy use in Cummins facilities and operations.

Cummins is pledging by 2020 to reach an annual reduction of 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which equates to 350 million gallons of fuel.

"With millions of engines and generators in service around the world, there's no question in my mind that Cummins has the global reach to make a difference for the environment," Brian Mormino, executive director of worldwide environmental strategy and compliance for Cummins, said in a statement.

By the end of 2020, the company expects to reach 20 percent of its customers, cumulatively saving them 1.6 billion gallons of fuel, $6 billon and more than 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

This equates to taking 3.2 million passenger vehicles off the road. In 2014 alone, the company's fuel-efficiency work reduced carbon dioxide emissions from products in-use equal to the carbon dioxide footprint of Cummins global facilities.

In addition to products in-use fuel efficiency, Cummins is also pledging to use the most efficient methods to move goods across the Cummins network to reduce carbon dioxide per kilogram of goods moved by 10 percent by 2020.

"We view our environmental sustainability plan as a process of continuous improvement," Mormino said. "Cummins will continue to develop more strategies as our efforts mature and set new goals after we meet existing targets. Our company is currently focusing on environmental strategies for new products and supplier engagement and will talk more about that as those plans are finalized."

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