Abbott , the global health care company, recently announced that it is the first FORTUNE 500 company to go "carbon neutral" with its entire U.S. fleet of company sales vehicles. Abbott will reduce the carbon emissions from its 6,000-vehicle fleet in the United States by offering a hybrid vehicle option starting immediately. 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." At Abbott, the company's fleet represents close to 11 percent of the company's total emissions. The company also recently unveiled its new Global Energy Policy and announced the installation of a large, 500-kilowatt hour solar power system to produce electricity for parts of a manufacturing plant in Southern California.
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