Erie, Pennsylvania [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] GE Transportation is taking steps in global and domestic markets to reduce one of the less pleasing side affects of manufacturing: emissions pollution. The corporate giant is joining the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program, which was established in 2002 as a voluntary program that works with companies to measure greenhouse gas emissions and set aggressive, long-term emissions reduction goals.“EPA applauds GE Transportation for its leadership. GE Transportation is one of a select group of companies that have become Climate Leaders and announced an aggressive greenhouse gas reduction target,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director, EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “These commitments will make a significant contribution to achieving (Bush’s) climate protection goal.” Reductions on the manufacturing side will come from transitioning its rail facility in Pennsylvania from coal power to fuels that produce less greenhouse gas emissions. The corporation is committing to reduce its overall emissions rate 25 percent between 2003 and 2008. Product development will also begin to focus on environmentally friendlier items. In January 2005, GE will begin commercial production of the Evolution Series locomotive, which is a diesel electric hybrid. Evolution locomotives can cut NOX emissions by 40 percent and increase fuel efficiency by up to 5 percent at the same time, according to the company. Developers in the wind industry can count on GE manufactured gearbox assemblies in the wind turbines produced by the corporation. GE Transportation began designing the gearboxes based on its expertise in designing gear systems for the off-highway vehicle industry. GE Transportation is now one of 60 corporations partnered with the EPA through the Climate Leaders program. Companies such as General Motors, Eastman Kodak and Johnson and Johnson are among other leading partners. “We see our participation in the EPA’s voluntary Climate Leaders initiative as an opportunity to underscore GE’s commitment to improving the environment through our products and processes,” said Steve Ramsey, GE Vice President of Environmental Programs.