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Climate action

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions reflects our vision

At Eaton, our vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of our power management technologies and services. And we live this vision by being active stewards of our environment, whether it's creating innovative solutions for our customers to help them use power more efficiently or reducing the carbon footprint of our operations, and encouraging our suppliers to do the same.

Improving the environment through science-based targets

We’re heeding the global call for nations and businesses to work together to address climate change. The 2015 Paris Agreement creates a common framework for organizations worldwide to take actions that aim to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

As part of this effort, businesses are encouraged to calculate and reduce their emissions according to this threshold. We have committed to setting a science-based target for our direct and indirect emissions for the period of 2019-2030. In 2018, we set a 1-year absolute GHG reduction target of two percent.

Science-based targets let us think differently about our future, and help us establish meaningful reduction levels — as well as the long-term path for achieving them. We are currently developing an energy and carbon reduction roadmap that includes options for energy efficiency projects, onsite and offsite renewables as well as renewable energy purchase programs (green tariffs).

Learn more about how our solutions help customers meet their sustainability goals. 

Measuring and reporting on progress

When we say “we make what matters work,” that means we’re also helping to make a healthy planet work. Indexed to sales, our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 3.4 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. We beat our 2017 GHG target by emitting about 6,000 metric tons fewer GHGs.  On an absolute basis, we decreased our GHG emissions by 6,000 metric tons (from 974,000 to 968,000), or 0.7 percent compared to the prior year. Since 2015, we have reduced the total amount of GHG emitted by our operations from 1,010,000 metric tons to 968,000, which equals a 4.2 percent reduction. Indexed to sales, we decreased our GHG emissions by 1.4 percent over the period.

Throughout our facilities we completed 84 energy reduction projects in 2017 that have resulted in reducing a cumulative 7,000 metric tons of GHGs during the year. These projects included lighting and machine efficiency upgrades, manufacturing process optimization, heat recovery and other efforts. 

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Reduction in GHG emissions in 2017 compared to 2016 (indexed to sales)
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Reduction in GHG emissions in 2017 compared to 2016 (indexed to sales)
The number of metric tons of GHG reduced, exceeding our 2017 target
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The number of metric tons of GHG reduced, exceeding our 2017 target
Since 2015, we’ve reduced GHGs by 42,000 metric tons. That’s like replacing 1.4 million incandescent light bulbs with LEDs
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Since 2015, we’ve reduced GHGs by 42,000 metric tons. That’s like replacing 1.4 million incandescent light bulbs with LEDs

CDP Responses

Since 2006, we have responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire and consistently received high marks for disclosure. The CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a non-profit organization whose website is the largest public repository of corporate GHG emissions data in the world. We also encourage our suppliers to report their emissions through the CDP Supply Chain Program. Our most recent publicly available submittals are provided below.

Governance

Eaton is proud to have strong internal processes and controls for managing our sustainability performance. Many of these controls connect individuals and teams across our company and include management at each level of the organization.

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Verification

Eaton uses an independent verification body to verify our GHG data.  The verification includes a “reasonable” level of assurance for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, and a “limited” level of assurance for Scope 3 emissions. Our most recent publicly available data and verification statement are provided here.