*Look around. Everything we touch, everything we do, everything we experience in our modern world is made possible by power. Mechanical power. Electrical power. Hydraulic power. For centuries, simply finding, generating and harnessing that power was one of humankind's greatest challenges. But today, the challenges that we face are even greater.
At Eaton, we believe that we owe it to future generations to leave the world a little "greener." And the power to make that happen is in our hands. That means all of us, working together.
As one of the world's leading global technology companies, Eaton is committed to positively impacting the environment while helping to solve the world's most pressing power management challenges. By giving people tools to use power more efficiently. Helping companies do business more sustainably. And by encouraging each and every employee at Eaton to think differently about our business, our communities—and the positive impact we can have on the world.
This is what truly matters. And with dedication, smart thinking and new, innovative approaches to some really big problems, we can make it work.
We’re honored to be a sponsor of the 2017 Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP23.
*The world gets smaller every day. People can travel across town in a matter of minutes—or be in an entirely different country in a few hours. Products purchased halfway around the globe can be on your table the very next day.
But this mobility and connectedness comes with a cost.
As the world’s population grows and its middle class continues to expand—traveling more, buying more, using more—the need for sustainable technologies becomes ever more urgent.
At Eaton, we’re working with our customers around the world to help utilities, municipalities, businesses and everyday homeowners re-think the impact they have, and how to reduce it. Whether it’s using more energy-efficient products—or harnessing low carbon and renewable resources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
We’re also helping major industries lower emissions. Reducing aircraft weight, so planes fly lighter and use less fuel. Engine efficiency, hybridization and vehicle electrification. Enabling sustainable transportation, without sacrificing performance.
And we’ve worked hard to improve our own emissions too—reducing the total GHGs generated by Eaton’s worldwide operations by 25.5%, or nearly 276,000 metric tons, since 2006.
Amanda has been volunteering for disabled veterans and handicapped children for the past 20 years.
I want to make sure that everyone is safe while they are flying. I take great pride in my work—and that Eaton’s products, processes and engineering make that possible.
—Amanda, Certified assembler, Aerospace business
Eaton is helping people and businesses reduce GHGs by doing more with low carbon and renewable resources, including solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
Transportation’s share of GHG emissions has grown faster than any other sector, with road transportation accounting for about 20% of global GHGs. Eaton innovation helps ensure reliable vehicle operation—while reducing their environmental impact.
*We live in an energized world that depends on safe, reliable, always-on electricity. This ever-increasing demand for energy has a growing impact on climate change. As communities around the world look to maintain and modernize their aging utility infrastructure, and homeowners look to better manage and control energy costs, it's critical to find ways that we can help the grid to be more responsive, intelligent and efficient—while making the most of renewable resources.
In Europe, Eaton teamed up with Nissan to bring innovative energy storage to homes, buildings, plants and grid operators. Imagine charging your home's storage batteries through solar panels or at night when utility rates are lower. Then when rates are high, or if the electricity suddenly goes out, that power is ready to use.
This same idea is at the core of how Eaton is powering campuses and communities from North America to Africa and beyond. Safe, secure and reliable microgrids are helping hospitals remain resilient in the face of disaster—and keeping communities safe even when the grid goes down.
Today, global climate collaboration like the 2015 Paris Agreement is signaling a monumental shift toward ecologically efficient technologies. Eaton innovations in on-demand energy—from energy inverters to full-scale microgrids—will certainly help pave the way.
Fabrice enjoys paddle boarding on Lake Geneva with his son on the weekends.
When I tell people I work on solutions that may help avoid pollution and global warming, they’re very interested…and it motivates me to work even harder.
—Fabrice, Product line manager, Electrical business
Home energy storage
In Europe, xStorage Home offers the most reliable and affordable energy storage solution for homeowners. Simple to install and easy to use, it combines new or second-life Nissan Leaf battery modules with Eaton power quality and electronics.
As stand-alone electrical systems, microgrids provide a reliable, efficient solution to unexpected power loss and help optimize energy usage. Eaton brings together decades of experience to support microgrid system deployment.
Eaton energy storage solutions enable utility grade battery systems to be integrated onto the grid, while providing utilities with reliable and efficient grid management features, such as peak power shaving, load leveling and grid stabilization.
*Cities are on the rise. According to the U.N., for the first time in history more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. This means that cities will play a critical role when it comes to climate action. From the lights that illuminate our streets to the offices and production lines where we work, Eaton is helping make cities smarter and more sustainable at every turn.
Whether it’s New York or Paris, Dubai or Shanghai, there’s nothing more iconic than the buildings that make up a city’s skyline. Because buildings consume 30 to 40 percent of the world’s energy, we need to find ways to help buildings use energy more wisely. With intelligent connected lighting, powered by smart sensors and highly efficient LEDs—as well as variable frequency drives that improve the efficiency of HVAC, material handling and other process applications—Eaton is helping buildings meet new energy efficiency standards and dramatically reduce energy use.
We’re doing our part as well. Across Eaton’s worldwide manufacturing sites and offices, we’re striving to create zero-waste-to-landfill facilities, LED-powered offices and less impactful processes. Because the harder we work to build, manage and manufacture more efficiently—the better we can help our customers do the same.
Karim enjoys spending time with his family and giving back to the community.
If we are to preserve our planet, we need to start with small behaviors. If all the people on this planet try to do good, one small step per day, we really will make a difference.
—Karim, Plant Manager, Electrical business
Sustainability at Eaton
The foundation of our commitment to being a responsible global citizen is to operate efficiently and sustainably, while producing products and services that allow our customers to do the same. Because the way we achieve our results is as important as the results themselves.
With a unique mix of solutions ranging from electrical distribution and circuit protection to lighting, safety and fire systems, Eaton helps customers turn their buildings into a competitive advantage for their global businesses.
Running an electric motor represents more than 95% of its lifetime costs—and consumes around two-thirds of an organization’s electrical power. So a more energy-efficient option offers the potential for significant savings in operational costs.
We strive to help the communities in which we operate become vibrant places to live and work. Many of our facilities have created community involvement teams, which tailor site activities to the needs of their local communities—volunteering our time, our ideas and our support.
* At Eaton, we know that power is a fundamental part of just about everything people do. That’s why we’re dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because that’s what really matters. And we’re here to make sure it works.