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Greening the Marketing & Sales Fleet at Abbott

Abbot greens its sales fleet and adds first solar manufacturing plant installation

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Greening the Sales Fleet

Abbott, the global health care company, announced that it is the first FORTUNE 500 company to go "carbon neutral" with its entire U.S. fleet of company sales vehicles.

"We are implementing a green fleet strategy internally first," said Ann Fahey-Widman, media contact. "Once we have implemented this internal program of greening our sales vehicle fleet, we will look at how we can work with our contracted product shipping and delivery system to move forward."

Driving Green and Reducing Mileage

Sales fleet vehicles are driven an average of 25,000 miles per year – nearly doubling the mileage, fuel consumption, and emissions of personal vehicles. A typical fleet of 500 vehicles can put more than 6,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the air annually.

At Abbott, the company's sales fleet represents close to 11 percent of the company's total emissions. Abbott will reduce the carbon emissions from its 6,000-vehicle fleet in the United States by offering a hybrid vehicle option. The company will then purchase carbon offsets in early 2008 to neutralize the balance of the fleet's impact on the environment — to become "carbon neutral."

Global Energy Policy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas/Emissions

Abbott's new Global Energy Policy outlines several commitments the company is making to further improve its impact on the environment, including goals to:

* Achieve a 12 percent reduction in overall electric energy purchased by 2011.*

* Achieve a 30 percent reduction in overall CO2 emissions by 2011.*

* Invest in renewable energy capital projects, or energy sourcing, that produce no CO2 emissions at major manufacturing locations by 2011;* and

* Eliminate 12 percent of combined fuel oil/coal consumption by switching to cleaner fuels by 2011.*

Using Solar Power at Temecula, California Plant

> While Abbott's energy efforts span the globe, the company pays attention to communities where the needs are greatest. Energy consumption continues to be a top priority for California, the nation's most populous state — home to one of every eight Americans. In an effort to increase its use of renewable energy there, Abbott is installing a 500-kilowatt hour solar power system to produce electricity for parts of the company's vascular plant in the southern part of the state. This marks the company's first solar panel installation in the United States.

"Our responsibility to the communities where we work and live goes beyond producing innovative products that improve health — to how we make our products and operate our business," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "These initiatives are the continuation of a long legacy of responsible business practices at Abbott that improve the health of our world and the people in it."

Sustainability of Company Operations

This ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices has led to Abbott being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) in recognition of the company's leading economic, social and environmental performance. Abbott is also a member of EPA Climate Leaders, an industry/government partnership focused on a collaborative approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change issues.

To learn more about Abbott's sustainability initiatives and to read or download the company's 2006 global citizenship report, visit

In order to reduce its environmental impact, the company shortened the print report and expanded the information available on its Web site. The abbreviated print version can be downloaded from the Web site or requested by email at

* Normalized by sales

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