MOLINE, Ill. -- As a part of its continued commitment to sustainable practices, Deere & Company announced today its participation in the U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders program. By joining Climate Leaders, John Deere has pledged to further reduce its corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Launched in 2002, Climate Leaders is a voluntary industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies. Partners set a corporate-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal and inventory their emissions to measure progress.

"John Deere has a long heritage of serving customers linked to the land, which has led to a natural focus on environmental stewardship," said Laurie Zelnio, director, safety, environment and standards at Deere & Company. "We join EPA Climate Leaders to demonstrate a continued commitment to environmental stewardship as we implement strategies that help our businesses, customers and partners find solutions to reducing their environmental footprint and preserving natural resources."

John Deere introduced an energy efficiency program at its North American units in 1972. Between 1972 and 2006, Deere's energy conservation programs have reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions 63 percent per production ton. Besides tracking and finding ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from its operations, John Deere's strategy to address climate change encompasses product design and research and development.

John Deere (Deere & Company) is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.

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