Eaton, EDF Climate Corps yield energy savings

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Eaton Corp. announced that its participation in the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps fellowship program is assisting the company in achieving a goal of cutting electricity use and reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions. For the second consecutive summer, a Climate Corps fellow worked with Eaton’s supply chain management team to identify potential energy savings for the company.

“EDF’s Climate Corps’ fellowship program has proven beneficial for both Eaton and two up-and-coming business professionals,” says Rich Gorze, global commodities manager who oversees procuring global energy for Eaton and acted as the main point of contact for this year’s Climate Corps fellow, Richard Chattergoon. “Richard’s recommendations add to and align with Eaton’s Business Roundtable Climate Resolve initiative of reducing indexed greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent through 2012.”

Chattergoon, a 2012 master’s of business administration candidate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, helped assess and provide recommendations for continuous improvement in certain lighting, computer equipment and heating and cooling systems. Specifically, his recommendation included the installation of occupancy sensors and the replacement of onsite, outdated industrial dryers to reduce energy costs at one of Eaton’s facilities. Chattergoon also explored the available rebates and tax credits to support various projects.