When we say “we make what matters work,” that means we’re also helping to make a healthy planet work. Between publishing our first Sustainability Report in 2006 and the end of 2015, Eaton reduced greenhouse gases generated by our operations from 1,082,000 metric tons to 807,000, meeting our goal of a 25 percent reduction. In 2017, we will announce a new set of long-term goals that support our aspiration of being active stewards of the environment, encompassing both our operational footprint and the positive impact of our products in use.
We continue to set annual improvement goals for GHG reduction. Throughout our facilities we completed 63 energy reduction projects in 2016 that have resulted in reducing a cumulative 3,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases during the year. These projects included lighting and machine efficiency upgrades, manufacturing process optimization, heating recovery and other efforts.
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Eaton is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and products wherever we do business, and to continuously improve in our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance. It is the responsibility of every employee to meet this EHS policy.
To that end, Eaton applies a standard group of practices worldwide for ethics, energy and water consumption, waste generation, product quality, employee safety and more. We specifically direct our EHS efforts in the following areas:
The Eaton Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety is responsible for implementing the EHS policy. The Eaton Board of Directors Governance Committee has oversight regarding significant public policy with respect to our relationships with shareholders, employees, customers, competitors, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. These issues include EHS concerns as outlined in the Eaton EHS policy.