Between 2006 and 2011, we reduced our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 23 percent, indexed to sales. That tops our Business Roundtable goal of lowering GHG emissions 18 percent by 2012 — a full year ahead of our schedule.
Protecting the environment; improving health and safety
Eaton is a global technology leader that employs approximately 73,000 people, and we operate more than 200 manufacturing facilities worldwide. We produce energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power, ranging from safe and innovative home circuit breakers to sophisticated hydraulic, fuel and conveyance systems that power the world’s largest aircraft. As a result, we operate an equally wide range of facilities across broad geographies and diverse cultures.
To unify these diverse operations
behind common sustainability standards
and practices, we created
the MESH (Management System
of Environment, Security, Safety
and Health) program in 2005. Two
years later, we added MESH to the
Eaton Business System — our integrated
business operating system —
with a goal of achieving world-class
environment, health and safety (EHS)
performance. During 2011, we continued
to advance toward that goal:
- We decreased our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
by 10.0 percent, indexed to sales, exceeding
our 6 percent goal. Applying the same measure, we’ve reduced
our GHG emissions by 23 percent since 2006, exceeding our
Business Roundtable goal of lowering GHG emissions by 18 percent
by 2012 — a year ahead of our schedule. We achieved an
absolute reduction of 20 percent over the same time.
- We reduced our waste generation by 3.6 percent (compared
to a 3 percent goal) and reduced water consumption by 9.9
percent (compared to a 3 percent goal). Both measures are
indexed to sales.
- We improved our Total Recordable Case Rate by nearly 8 percent
to 0.88 (compared to a 0.90 goal). We also improved our
Days Away Case Rate (DACR) by approximately 21 percent to
0.35 (compared to a 0.30 goal). Regrettably, we had one fatal
injury, at our Kearney, Nebraska, facility.
Premier Environmental Services Inc., an independent environmental services company, examined our data collection and management processes and verified these data are both materially correct and fairly represented.
We also received several prestigious honors during the year:
- For the third time in the past four years, the Carbon
Disclosure Project named us to its Carbon
Disclosure Leadership Index of S&P 500
companies that practice exemplary environmental
- We were named to Corporate
Responsibility magazine’s “100 Best
Corporate Citizens” for the fourth
- Ethisphere Institute named
Eaton one of the “World’s Most
Ethical Companies” for the fifth
- We earned five recognitions for
corporate citizenship and sustainability
in China, including the “Excellent
Corporate Citizen in China” award
from the China Corporate Citizenship
Committee for the third consecutive year.
- Carta Capital magazine named us one of “The
Most Admired Companies in Brazil”— the third year
in a row we’ve earned that distinction.
Among outstanding individual achievements by Eaton facilities during 2011: Our plant in Queretaro, Mexico, earned an Environmental Leadership Initiative for Competitiveness award from the country’s environmental ministry; our plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, received the state’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Award for significantly reducing its carbon emissions, water consumption and waste generation; and our plant in Tczew, Poland, won top honors in the “Safe Work Employer” competition organized by the Polish National Labor Inspectorate.
In addition, Eaton employees across the globe participated in World Environment Day, organizing a wide range of activities to conserve energy, reduce waste and increase environmental awareness in their local communities.