Environmental Savings Add Up for Xerox Corporation
Stamford, CN - At Xerox Corporation the payoff for going green is so big it's measured in the millions.
Last year Xerox kept nearly 160 million pounds of materials out of landfills through remanufacturing, recycling and reuse, and enabled customers to save more than 800 million kilowatt hours of electricity by using Xerox's Energy Star(R)-qualified products. Meanwhile, its environmental programs are paying off in hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings annually, according to the company's just-released environment, health and safety progress report for 2001.
The report recounts a decade of steady progress worldwide. It documents substantial reductions in emissions from Xerox products and factories, waste sent to landfill, and workplace injury rates worldwide - and significant gains in remanufacturing, recycling, and energy conservation.
"In 1991, we promised to protect the environment and the health and safety of Xerox employees, customers and neighbors from unacceptable risks," said Jack C. Azar, the company's vice president for Environment, Health and Safety. "Since then we have learned that environmental stewardship can be both socially and fiscally responsible."
Xerox has wrung waste out of its factories, developed products that can be remanufactured to as-new condition again and again, and helped its customers become more energy efficient. It also has embedded environ-mental and safety goals in its business.
One example: the company now cleans machines returned for remanufacturing with a blast of tiny dry ice pellets instead of volatile organic solvents or washing compounds. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the process reduces cleaning time by 40 percent and lowers cleaning costs by 35 percent.
Among the accomplishments recapped in the company's new 2001 Environment, Health Safety Progress Report:
The 28-page Xerox 2001 Environment, Health Safety Progress Report is available on the web at www.xerox.com/environment.html. An eight-page printed version containing the report's highlights may be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-828-6571.