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Everything we do 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.

We know our customers want to conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. And we know that many countries have committed to ambitious targets for improving air quality, with some aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent by 2050.

Helping companies do business more sustainably

Around the world, we're helping to make this happen by developing innovative products and solutions that enable customers to conserve resources.

We are committed to positively impacting the environment while helping to solve the world's most pressing power management challenges. Here are just a few examples of how our sustainable solutions help our customers and the communities in which we live and work:

  • xStorage energy storage system — Our new energy storage system helps owners of residential homes, commercial and industrial buildings, manufacturing plants, and grid operators take control of their energy supply and move toward a more sustainable future. xStorage harnesses the full potential of renewable sources, letting owners store energy when it's available and rates are low and using it when needed. Developed in partnership with Nissan, Eaton's energy storage system provides a second life for Nissan's electric vehicle batteries.
  • PowerXL series variable frequency drives — Engineered for today's demanding commercial and industrial applications, the Eaton-engineered PowerXL DG1 drive increases available power from 150 to 250 horsepower (hp), reducing energy consumption and costs.  Applications that already incorporate variable frequency drives may realize additional energy and emissions savings of up to 10 percent by switching to the PowerXL DG1 drive.
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires and controls — Eaton, a 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, is changing the future of lighting. From commercial and industrial to residential and utility and sports and entertainment venues, our award-winning portfolio of lighting solutions help owners achieve advanced performance and energy savings.  LEDs use up to 80 percent less energy. And, according to ENERGY STAR, if every household in the U.S. replaced just one standard light bulb with a high-efficiency light source, such as LED, this would prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the equivalent to the yearly output of roughly 800,000 cars.
  • 2-speed transmissions for electric vehicles — To meet growing demand in Europe and other markets, Eaton has developed a 2-speed transmission for heavy- and medium-duty electric commercial vehicle applications. In partnership with UQM Technologies and Pi Innovo, the new transmission will be part of an electric drivetrain system. With the electric motor operating in the highest efficiency region for a greater portion of the drive cycle, owners will achieve higher overall vehicle efficiency, reduced battery cost, and increased driving range.
  • Cylinder deactivation for vehicle engines – Eaton's cylinder deactivation (CDA) system is the most direct way to reduce CO2emissions, while also improving fuel economy through the driving cycle. CDA enables vehicle manufacturers to deactivate half of the cylinders when high power is not needed, such as at cruising speed. In this way, the active cylinders run in higher fuel efficiency mode. During acceleration, the deactivated cylinders are activated again, delivering the desired torque and power.
  • Hose products for biodiesel fuels – Our GH100 and GH101 hoses perform in high-temperature mobile applications, including trucks, buses, agriculture and construction equipment and eco-friendly power vehicles. Conventional hoses deteriorate at 100 degrees Celsius (°C). Eaton's GH100 and GH101 hoses are qualified for -40°C to 150°C with B2, B5 and B20 biodiesels,
    and -40°C to 125°C with B100 biodiesel, supporting a longer hose life while also ensuring safety requirements and quality standards are met.

These solutions, among others, fulfill our mission to make the world a better place through safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable power management solutions. 

We go beyond reducing our environmental footprint by providing a "net positive" value to society. In 2015, Eaton became a partner in the Sustainability & Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE). Developed by Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, SHINE is creating a framework and metrics to help companies quantify their positive impact. Eaton is taking steps to better measure our own net positive activities, from considering the environmental impact of our products over their lifecycle, to sustainability efforts in our facilities, and to our commitment to community outreach.

Using the SHINE framework, we can better calculate the "handprint" — or positive impact — of our products. Our handprint is the measurement of the combined impact of our operations with the impact of the application of our products. A positive handprint results when a product or operation cleans natural resources or improves health and wellbeing compared to business as usual.

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