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).
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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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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.