Eaton in Sustainability Drive!
Eaton Pushes Forward with Environmental Sustainability in Asia Pacific
Power management company Eaton is cementing its leadership in sustainability across the region, as three of its Asian facilities are honored in its zero waste-to-landfill program. The three Asian sites recognized for their contribution to environmental sustainability are located in China.
Since 2010, Eaton’s facilities worldwide have eliminated a combined total of 2,750 metric tons of waste sent to landfills, through recycling, re-use, new work processes and other means. In 2013 alone, Eaton’s global zero waste-to-landfill program reduced its landfilled waste by about 18 per cent – an amount equivalent to 4,900 metric tons.
“Doing what’s right for the environment is part of our culture of doing business right,” said Curt Hutchins, president – Asia Pacific, Eaton. “Amid the emerging trends of urbanization, climate change and energy demands, projects such as zero waste-to-landfill are helping to establish industry-wide growth in environmental sustainability, and reflect Eaton’s strides towards becoming a sustainable leader here in Asia Pacific.”
Eaton’s zero waste-to-landfill program recognizes facilities for consistently achieving a landfill waste diversion rate of 98 per cent through either reuse, composting, recycling on incineration – but only if the heat generated by incineration is collected and used in order to create more energy than what was required for the process. All three of the sites in China undergo an intensive audit process that includes verifying that at least 98 per cent of a site’s waste is diverted consistently for three months.
“We are continually striving to improve the performance of our facilities. As a company we have pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 25 per cent, indexed to sales, by 2015. Our zero waste-to-landfill program is just the starting point to help us reach this goal,” continued Hutchins. “We are committed to the region and will continue to invest in research, talent development, partnerships and focused community initiatives to ensure we do business right and maintain sustainability”
Eaton currently has 39 sites achieving zero waste-to-landfill across electrical, hydraulics, aerospace and vehicle operations. These sites are located in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.