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:

  • Xerox has reduced emissions of dust by 55 percent and ozone by 70 percent from its office and production products, compared with 1990 baseline emissions.
  • Customers worldwide returned more than 7 million cartridges and toner containers to Xerox in 2000 to be remanufactured or recycled.
  • More than 95 percent of eligible Xerox products introduced in 2000 met Energy Star criteria. Since the program started, the company has launched 176 Energy Star-qualified products, 48 of them last year.
  • Ninety-six percent of hazardous waste generated by Xerox manufacturing facilities worldwide was treated, recycled or used as fuel; only 4 percent was sent to landfill.
  • Xerox facilities released 198 tons of air emissions in 2000, down 24 percent from 1999. Reduction, reuse and recycling efforts have cut air emissions 89 percent since 1991.
  • In 2000, Xerox operations worldwide recycled 80 percent of non-hazardous solid waste.
  • Xerox reused or recycled 95 percent of equipment returned in 2000.
  • Xerox's largest manufacturing complex, located in Webster, N.Y., reduced energy consumption by 18 percent between 1996 and 2000.
  • Rates per hundred employees for Total Recordable Incidents and Day Away from Work cases, two standard measures of workplace injury rates, declined by 17 percent and 11 percent respectively from 1999 to 2000.

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 xerox.ehs@mc.usa.xerox.com or 800-828-6571.


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