Global change starts with the courage to act. The challenges created by record greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, urbanization and the unsustainable demand for energy and resources are reshaping the world around us and how we operate as a business. So what can we do?
It starts with our team. We have deep expertise and the scale to implement industry-changing innovations. We aren’t afraid to be curious and courageous in the face of sustainability challenges that require big ideas and have the enthusiasm to take on the world’s climate challenges. From our Board of Directors and senior leadership to our engineers and employee Green Teams, we work as one team dedicated to climate solutions.
Because of the big global need for sustainability innovation, sustainability is core to our growth strategy, product development process, the materials we use and how we manage our resources and supply chain. Over the last six years, we have systemically worked to update design processes to align with total life cycle best management practices. Over this same period, we have refreshed 19.6% of our product portfolio.
Big ideas mean nothing if you don’t make them happen, so we make sure we are following through by setting targets. We were one of the first companies to set a goal related to the emissions of our products when we established our global 2020 Climate Commitment in 2014. This report documents the achievement of our 2020 Targets — and introduces our next-generation commitments, which are even bolder.
By 2030, we are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our customers by one gigaton CO2e — equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined. We’ll also design systems for circularity and transform our supply chain and operations to have a restorative impact on the environment, including achieving carbon neutral operations, zero waste to landfill and a 10% absolute reduction in energy consumption.