Linde North America's California CO2 Plant Receives Responsible Care(R) Certification

Linde North America's California CO2 Plant Receives Responsible Care(R)
Certification

MURRAY HILL and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Linde
North America has received certification of its El Segundo, California, carbon
dioxide (CO[2]) plant under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care®
program.

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and
engineering company. The ACC is an association of producers, manufacturers and
suppliers of chemical products. Linde has been a member of the ACC since 1951.

Roberto Diaz, Southern California CO[2] production coordinator, said,
"Receiving Responsible Care Certification means a great deal to all of us at
the El Segundo plant, particularly our operators. This certification
recognizes the effectiveness of the day-to-day operations our operators
perform and the responsibility and care we take to accomplish those tasks
safely every day."

Responsible Care is a globally recognized management system aimed at helping
companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and
security. Certification is mandatory for all ACC member companies, which must
undergo headquarter and facility audits by an independent, accredited auditor
to verify that they have a structure and system in place that manages and
measures performance. Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is Linde's
independent auditor. Since 2008, 25 Linde plants in North America have been
certified under the program.

The El Segundo plant, which has been in operation for 12 years, produces 600
tons per day of CO[2]. Linde ships the CO[2] by truck to customers in the
beverage, food processing and food packaging industries in California, Arizona
and Nevada.

Tim Wren, head of safety, health, environment and quality for Linde North
America, said, "I congratulate the team at our El Segundo plant, who worked
very hard for this certification. Recognition of the El Segundo plant
demonstrates the employees' total involvement in Linde's commitment to
sustaining the practices specified in the Responsible Care management system."

The Responsible Care management system offers an integrated, structured
approach for driving continual improvement in seven key areas: community
awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and
safety; pollution prevention; process safety; and product stewardship.

Implementing the Responsible Care system is a multi-step process. Companies
must first plan – identify, assess and evaluate potential hazards and risks
associated with their products, processes and operations – and establish goals
and objectives to address any significant hazards or risks. Next, they must do
what they have planned, checking their progress along the way to measure
performance and take necessary corrective actions. Communicating with
employees and other stakeholders, including neighbors and customers, along the
way also is essential.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial
year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group
is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of
its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde
acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees,
society and the environment– in every one of its business areas, regions and
locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and
products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com

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CONTACT: Amy Ficon
         Linde corporate communications
         908-771-1491
         amy.ficon@linde.com

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