Eaton works with governments around the world, as both a supplier of goods and a partner in an effort to improve global sustainability.
Governments represent a crucial customer segment for Eaton. We help local and national governments worldwide implement environmentally beneficial power management projects including hybrid powertrains that boost fuel economy and reduce emissions in commercial and government vehicles; electrical power control systems for the efficient use of power in office buildings; hydraulic aircraft systems that reduce weight and save fuel; automotive superchargers for enhanced fuel economy; electrical and hydraulic products for solar power and wind turbine systems; and many more.
Also, we partner with governments to develop and support programs and policies that benefit society, particularly in areas of sustainability. Public-private partnerships that pair companies with the public sector and civil society can improve efficiency, add resources, and eliminate duplicated efforts to deal with social and environmental issues. For example, Eaton is a major sponsor of the multi-year Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project, which can help protect worker safety through improved understanding of dangerous arc flash events. The $6 million to $7 million initiative will involve more than 2,000 test protocols, and can serve as the basis for public policy for future government regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
At the same time, Eaton has policies to make sure we comply with the special laws, rules and regulations that relate to government contracts and relationships with government personnel. We do not make contributions on behalf of Eaton to political candidates or parties, even where lawful. See our Ethics policy, Ethics Guide and Anti-corruption policy on-line at Eaton Global Ethics & Compliance.
Eaton’s government projects, programs and partnerships include:
Eaton Charging Network to Support Energy-Efficient Transportation in D.C.
Eaton announced collaboration with the Greater Washington Regional Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure planning and consultation for the greater Washington, D.C. region. The one-year project, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant, will create a safe, reliable and efficient EV charging network for the region.
In Hawaii, DC Quick Charger Expands EV Charging Network
in a collaborative effort with Mitsubishi Motors and the State of Hawaii, Eaton will install an ultra-fast DC electric vehicle quick charger for free public use at the Ko Olina Resort – a premier vacation and tourist destination. This action expands the EV charging network in the Honolulu area and on the island of Oahu – Hawaii's most populous island. Under the “Electric Vehicle Ready” grant program, the Hawaiian government plans to reduce the use of imported petroleum fuels for ground transportation and achieve 70 percent clean energy use by 2030, and the Eaton DC Quick Charger will help. Fittingly named, it can replenish an empty 2012 Mitsubishi i main lithium-ion battery pack to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes.
$20 million U.S. Coast Guard Contract
Eaton was awarded an engineering services contract from the U.S. Coast Guard valued at $20 million. Eaton will provide electrical infrastructure and preventative maintenance services for up to five and a half years. The services will include circuit breaker retrofits and replacements, and power service inspection and testing for as many as 12 Coast Guard Cutters in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, as well as Hawaii.
$10.9 million New York Power Authority Contract
Eaton received a nine-year, $10.9 million contract award from the New York Power Authority’s board of trustees for the life extension and modernization program of the Niagara Power Project’s Lewiston Pump Generating Plant (LPGP). The agreement includes the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning of 12 unit control boards and governor controls. Eaton will replace the original electro-mechanical devices from 1961 with modern digital technology, including micro-processing capability, new instrumentation and alarms, and will also upgrade the unit governing system and replace the plant’s unit protective relaying system. The schedule provides for a turbine generator’s overhaul every eight to nine months, with the final unit to be completed in 2020. The Niagara Power Project is the largest electricity producer in New York, and one of the largest in the nation. This initiative also supports New York State’s goal for at least 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources such as hydroelectric power by 2013.
Eaton Showcases Infrastructure Solutions at Panama Canal Conference
Eaton showcased best practices in managing major infrastructure projects at the first annual Panama Canal Engineering and Infrastructure Conference, held in April 17 – 20, 2012 in Panama City, Panama. The conference focused on the Panama Canal expansion program, scheduled for completion in 2014. The expansion project will create a new lane for ship traffic by constructing a new set of locks which doubles the capacity of the canal and allows larger ships and more traffic to navigate the passageway. Eaton was recently awarded a $27 million contract to enhance the reliability and electrical safety of the facility’s massive electrical distribution system.
Bethel Aerospace Facility Continues 50-Year Legacy of NASA Support
Products manufactured by Eaton’s aerospace facility in Bethel, Connecticut, have helped launch rockets, land men on the moon and explore the solar system. As the U.S. sets its sights on a manned mission to Mars, Eaton continues to develop reliable products and technologies to support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) next generation of space programs. The products designed and manufactured by Eaton employees reflect some of the most highly advanced technologies available in aerospace. Last year, the Bethel facility was among an exclusive group of suppliers recognized by NASA and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for long-standing contributions to the space shuttle main engine program. A pressure transducer originally manufactured in 1982 by Eaton helped power eight shuttle missions.
Eaton Ranks in Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in the U.S.
Eaton made the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® in the U.S. on the GI Jobs website . The number of companies eligible for the title is approximately 5,000, based on those with a minimum of $500 million in annual revenues. Only two percent made the list. As military personnel are discharged from active duty and return to civilian life, they look for companies that appreciate the training and education gained during their tenure in the armed forces as well as the discipline learned. Rankings are based on a survey by GI Jobs that evaluates a company’s long-term commitment to hiring former military recruiting; hiring retention efforts and results; retention effort policies for Reserve/Guard members called to active.
Eaton Meets with U.S. Energy Secretary at Green Truck Summit and Highlights Hybrids
Eaton’s Vehicle Group made the most of its participation at the recent Green Truck Summit, which was held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March, 2012. Eaton staff took part in an invitation-only meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu. Eaton was one of only a handful of original equipment manufacturer and supplier companies to participate in the roundtable discussion with Secretary Chu and other top-level policymakers. In addition to a range of hybrid power technologies – including electric and hydraulic systems – Eaton also showcased the company’s supercharger technology, differentials and UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions. Some 5,500 hybrid trucks and buses with Eaton drives are in service worldwide and have accumulated more than 200 million miles and saved more than 8 million gallons of fuel. Eaton's hybrid systems and advanced drivetrains can help commercial vehicle manufacturers comply with new U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas pollution standards.
Eaton Receives $1.84 Million Grant to Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Efficiency
Furthering its efforts to create a more sustainable environment, Eaton received a $1.84 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development and demonstration of commercial electric vehicle chargers that work with and support the smart grid. Eaton’s grant is part of a larger research and development funding program mandated by the federal government to help reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50 percent over the next three years. Coordinating electric vehicles’ use of smart chargers and smart grid technologies allows the grid to more efficiently manage the availability and reliability of power, especially during peak times and at popular charging locations. Eaton’s work is focused on providing two-way communications with electric utilities and coordination with local smart meter networks.
Eaton’s Filters on Water Recycling Systems Saving Lives in Afghanistan
Water is a valuable commodity in the arid terrain of Afghanistan, so shower water reuse systems are mission critical to U.S troops. Systems equipped with Eaton filters are saving money and lives by reducing demand for trucked water, which comes with the risk of attacks on the transport vehicles. The U.S. Army required a filtration set-up that is affordable, efficient, easily maintained and rugged enough to meet the demands of active combat bases. Eaton’s partner in the project, Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (GTEC), tested different filtration technologies for more than five years, including systems that required labor-intensive manual cleaning. The need for a self-cleaning filter was determined early in the design of the overall system. Eaton's DCF-800 filter fit the bill. Operating at a consistently low differential pressure, the DCF filters eliminate disposable filter bags and cartridges, reduce operator handling and are virtually maintenance-free with near 100 percent uptime.
Eaton’s Seals Are “Out of This World” on NASA Rover Bound for Mars
Eaton’s aerospace products arrived at a destination that is truly out of this world – the surface of Mars. Eaton provided specially manufactured seals for the rover on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which launched into space in November. Named “Curiosity,” the rover landed on the red planet in 2012 to search for past or present conditions favorable for life. The C-seals, found in 38 different locations throughout the rover’s sampling instruments, are about a half-inch in diameter and plated with gold, a nonreactive metal ideal for high-tolerance conditions. Designed for high-pressure helium applications, these seals passed NASA’s rigorous battery of tests to be accepted for the mission.
Eaton Earns Poland’s Top Honors for Safety at Tczew Automotive Facility
Eaton’s automotive components facility in Tczew, Poland received national recognition for its safety practices in the Polish Inspectorate’s List of Golden Employers. The Tczew team was one of only three companies nationwide to receive the honor in the medium-sized company category. In the first round of competition, Tczew was selected as one of 39 regional winners from 300 candidates. Then in the finals, the jury selected nine companies, including Eaton, for the national awards, with three winners in each of three categories (small, medium and large companies). Poland’s List of Golden Employers is part of the Polish National Labor Inspectorate’s “Employer – Organizer of Safe Work” competition to promote better work conditions and safety-related best practices while motivating employers to eliminate existing hazards in their companies.
Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Awards in China Increase
Eaton has received five awards in corporate citizenship and sustainability from government agencies in China in 2011, resulting in a total of 25 awards since 2008 for responsible business practices in the region. The awards include:
- Excellent CSR Case Award for green power management solutions by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce and Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (SAEFI)
- 2011 Outstanding Enterprises in Social Responsibility in China, awarded by China Enterprise News and China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI)
- 2011 Special Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, also awarded by CAEFI.
- Excellent CSR Report in China - The China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) and China WTO Tribune magazine jointly honored Eaton and five other multinationals for their corporate social responsibility (CSR) results disclosures for 2010.
- Excellent Corporate Citizen in China - For the third consecutive year, the China Corporate Citizenship Committee recognized Eaton as an “Excellent Corporate Citizen in China.” Eaton joined 52 other international and local companies that received the award, after participating in a two-month screening process conducted by an expert panel of judges.
Eaton Receives Award for 20 Years of Contribution to Economic Development in the Dominican Republic
Eaton accepted an award from Dr. Leonel A. Fernández Reyna, president of the Dominican Republic, honoring Eaton’s contribution to the business development of the country. The award ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo on October 20. With historical links to the previous Westinghouse Power Distribution operations, Eaton has manufactured industrial and residential power distribution equipment at the Haina campus in the Dominican Republic for more than 20 years. Eaton is also involved in the community near its operations, donating to local charities and educational initiatives including contributions to local school construction, regional disaster relief, local sports and conservation programs; and participating in a wide array of community organizations and events.
Eaton Backs First-Ever U.S. Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Eaton and some of the largest U.S. fleets, engine manufacturers and advanced technology suppliers attended the Obama Administration’s announcement of the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The group of trucking stakeholders endorsed the proposed federal regulation that emphasizes the rapid deployment of technologies that improve emissions and fuel consumption for commercial vehicles ranging from long-haul tractor trailers to work trucks. When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) first proposed the new federal rules, the agencies projected a savings of 500 million barrels of oil and an estimated $35 billion in net benefits to truckers over the life of the program. In a press release, chairman and CEO Sandy Cutler supported the announcement. "The new standards provide important incentives that will serve as a catalyst for deploying new fuel-efficient technologies such as hybrids and advanced drivetrains,” said Cutler. “Eaton stands ready to provide production-ready solutions that will help our customers achieve operational savings and our nation tackle two critical public policy goals: improving fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in commercial trucks on America's roads. We are committed to work with our customers to make vehicles, large and small, cleaner and more efficient."
Eaton Scores Repeat Win in Defense Logistics Agency's 2011 Supplier Excellence Awards
For the second year in a row, Eaton’s aerospace facilities have earned top awards for exceptional delivery performance and product quality from the Defense Logistics Agency, which provides supplies and services to America's military forces worldwide. The commitment to quality underscores Eaton’s growth in military aftermarket support for all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Eaton’s facilities in Costa Mesa and Irvine, California, received silver awards for achieving 12-month scores of 99 percent on-time delivery in the DLA’s Automated Best Value Supplier evaluation system. The silver award represents continued performance improvement for the Costa Mesa facility, which earned a bronze award from the DLA in 2010. Of the DLA’s 7,000 suppliers, 186 were recognized for excellence this year. The awards were presented in June by Brigadier General Darrell K. Williams, commander of DLA Land and Maritime, during the 2011 DLA Enterprise Supplier Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Eaton Granted Energy Service Company Certification
Eaton has been certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy Services Company (ESCO). The certification is a key indicator that an energy services organization meets the highest standards in helping customers achieve their energy efficiency objectives. ESCO projects meet the requirements of the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program and other federal laws and regulations. The initiatives are designed to better manage energy consumption, improve energy efficiency, and reduce maintenance costs for periods ranging from seven to 20 years.
Showcase for energy efficient technologies
Eaton showcased its green building technologies and other leading energy-efficient products and services at The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s inaugural GreenGov Symposium. The event was hosted by George Washington University in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance (13514) by President Obama. The Executive Order commits the Federal Government to leading by example in its operations by requiring Federal agencies to set GHG reduction targets, increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally responsible products and technologies. Eaton, exclusive industry sponsor of the Symposium, led an open forum on the government’s role in sustainability in buildings and joined a panel discussion on electric vehicles and related infrastructure.
Meeting with India’s U.S Ambassador
India's U.S. Ambassador Shankar met with Eaton and other businesses in Minnesota to describe India’s infrastructure requirements for roads, airports, and energy production, including wind turbines and other green projects that will provide electricity to over 600,000 rural villages. Shankar added that these projects could surpass $1 trillion over the next decade. Eaton’s Hydraulics Group is well positioned to support India’s growth initiatives with high-technology solutions to each of India’s areas of growth, along with a strong local presence in India with four manufacturing facilities and over 2,000 employees. The company plans to work with India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Industrial Training Institute and will support the country’s vocational education needs which the ambassador had noted as necessary to support economic growth, particularly in rural areas.
Hosting Chinese business and government leaders
Eaton's vice chairman and chief operating officer for Eaton's Electrical Sector recently met in New York with a Chinese delegation of government and business leaders led by the governor of China’s Liaoning Province to discuss future cooperation opportunities in the province’s electrical power sectors. Governor Zheng introduced the economic development of Liaoning province and suggested that Eaton consider more investment in northern China to take advantage of the region’s large, heavy-industrial base, vast resources and skilled workers.
Austin Energy Symposium
Eaton convened federal, state and local leaders at the Austin Energy Symposium which highlighted ways to conserve and effectively manage energy resources. Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham was the keynote speaker. The symposium, the second in a series of nationwide events, was hosted by Eaton as part of its continuing effort to provide leaders from the public sector and industry with the tools they need to navigate rapidly evolving needs for improved energy management.
U.S. Postal Service Recognizes Eaton as a Top Supplier
In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) honored Eaton and 12 other companies as top suppliers. The awards recognize superior supply chain performance and for delivering optimum solutions that reduce costs, enhance performance, maintain high levels of service and provide innovative and sustainable solutions. For the second year in a row, Eaton was recognized in two award categories: Supplier Performance and Supplier Diversity. Companies were also recognized in the categories of Supplier Excellence, Supplier Innovation, Supplier Sustainability Excellence, and Postal Supplier Council Excellence. Eaton provides power distribution maintenance services for electrical switchgear equipment in USPS facilities.
Developing hybrid technologies for trucks
Eaton continues to support the Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act - which encourages the development of hybrid technologies that can reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Eaton estimates that the introduction of as few as 10,000 hybrid trucks could save 7.2 million gallons of diesel per year and reduce emissions by 83,000 tons. Eaton meets with legislators, provides displays and product demonstrations to legislators, regulators, customers and the public.
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