Reducing Our Footprint
Eaton is committed to being a global leader in protecting the environment and safeguarding the health and safety of our employees. Since 2006, we have reduced our total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 259,000 metric tons per year (nearly 26 percent on an absolute basis and 28 percent indexed to sales) and reduced our rate of safety incidents (Total Recordable Case Rate) by nearly 70 percent. Since 2010, we’ve reduced our waste generated and water consumed, indexed to sales, by 19.0 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively, and are well on our way to achieving our 2015 landfill reduction goal of 30 percent and water consumption goal of 20 percent (both indexed to sales).
During 2012, we continued to expand our efforts to reduce GHG emissions, prevent pollution, conserve natural resources and protect our workforce both through our own operations and those of our suppliers. For the year:
- We reduced GHG emissions 2.6 percent on an absolute basis, exceeding our 2 percent goal. Indexed to sales, we reduced GHG emissions by 0.5 percent (compared to a 6 percent goal), reflecting flat or lower sales among our higher energy-consuming businesses, including truck and automotive.
- Indexed to sales, we reduced our landfilled waste by 7.5 percent (compared to a 6 percent goal) and reduced water consumption by 2.6 percent (compared to a 5 percent goal).
- We reduced our use of virgin polystyrene product packaging material by 24 percent, or nearly 484,000 pounds.
- We had two additional facilities achieve “zero waste to landfill,” for a total of 20 Eaton facilities around the globe. We will apply the lessons learned from these operations to continue to reduce our total waste to landfill and increase our number of “zero waste” facilities in future years.
Also during 2012, we commissioned a 288-kW solar power system at the new Eaton Center in Beachwood, Ohio, and working with an energy solutions company commissioned new 1.3-megawatt and 172-kW solar systems at our facilities in Moon Township and Beaver, Pennsylvania, respectively. And we completed construction of Eaton Center, which opened in February, 2013. This new, state-of-the art office complex in Beachwood, Ohio is designed to LEED certification standards. The innovative facility features many of Eaton’s own sustainable products, as well as a novel HVAC system, which will reduce the building’s energy use by 40 percent compared to a baseline building that meets minimum code.
Our goals for 2013 (all indexed to sales): reduce GHG emissions by 6 percent, which is equivalent to 3 percent on an absolute basis; reduce waste to landfill by 6 percent, which is equivalent to 3 percent on an absolute basis; and reduce water consumption by 5 percent, which is equivalent to 2 percent on an absolute basis.
See also: Metrics for Improving Environmental Performance