Lockheed Martin achieves goals earlier than planned
Lockheed Martin announced that it has achieved a set of aggressive five-year global environmental goals a year ahead of schedule, as part of the company’s Go Green commitment made in 2008.
The company met or exceeded its goals of reducing water use, waste-to-landfill and carbon emissions by 25 percent each since 2007 levels, while revenues rose 12 percent in the same period.
According to publicly available company data and the Carbon Disclosure Project, Lockheed Martin is leading major aerospace and defense companies, and many other large industrial manufacturers, in hitting these environmental performance targets.
The company slashed water use by 25 percent, saving more than 1.5 billion gallons of water. This is equivalent to water consumed by 3.9 million average U.S. households every day. Contributing factors included upgrading heating and cooling equipment, installing low-flow fixtures and forward-thinking facilities projects such as landscaping in Denver, Colorado in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation.
- The company cut its amount of waste-to-landfill by 39 percent, or 35 million lbs., compared to 2007, its baseline year. Examples of contributing efforts included comprehensive recycling programs at multiple U.S. facilities, efforts in Marietta, Georgia, that cut the amount of packaging required for major parts, and reducing cafeteria food waste at several facilities.
The company sliced carbon emissions by 30 percent through energy efficiency efforts with lighting and HVAC systems, the purchase of renewable solar and wind energy and innovations such as using wood waste to power its 1.6 million sq. ft. plant in Owego, New York. The total carbon reduction equals the annual greenhouse emissions from more than 85,000 passenger cars.
Additionally, as of the first quarter of 2012, 61 percent of the company’s 150 energy savings projects identified in 2010 and 2011 are partially or fully implemented. Together these projects offer potential carbon emissions avoidance of nearly 100,000 metric tons over the next year.