Xerox cuts GHG emissions by 18% surpassing target for 2012
Xerox Canada, in tandem with its U.S. parent company, reports that it has surpassed its 2012 target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Consequently, it is upping its goal by more than 100%. Having cut its GHG emissions by 18% since 2002, Xerox topped its 10% reduction target and is taking aim at a 25% decrease by 2012.
Xerox says its GHG reduction program not only prevented the emission of 87,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2006 (equivalent to taking more than 18,000 cars off the road), it saved the company $18 million last year. The results were validated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and fulfill Xerox's commitments for participation in the EPA's Climate Leaders program.
The company joined the EPA Climate Leaders program in 2003 with a commitment to cutting GHG emissions by 10% from the baseline year of 2002. Analyzing its GHG emissions, Xerox found they were nearly all associated with energy use, e.g. indirect emissions from purchased electricity and steam, and direct emissions from combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas and the gasoline and diesel fuels used in the sales and service vehicle fleet.
To meet its greenhouse gas reduction target, it launched "Energy Challenge 2012," a company-wide energy reduction program. Projects carried out through this program resulted in significant GHG reductions. These included a 24% reduction in GHG emissions from use of company vehicles, a 27% reduction in GHG emissions associated with burning natural gas, and a 13% reduction in GHG emissions from electricity use.
Not only did the conservation efforts help the environment, they also helped Xerox save money. Energy consumption during the period declined by 21%, driven by a 12% reduction in electricity use, a 27% reduction in natural gas purchases, and a 30% reduction in gasoline and diesel fuel consumption.
These conservation measures also kept Xerox's 2006 energy expenses 21% below what they otherwise would have been. As a result the company saved $18 million in 2006.
With its original target now met, Xerox has set a tough new goal that will drive performance for the next stage of its GHG reduction program and will spur additional GHG innovation. The company aims to reduce emissions by 25% by 2012 from the 2002 baseline year, primarily by taking advantage of further GHG reduction opportunities available within its existing energy-saving initiatives.
For example, the company's biggest single energy use is producing supplies such as toner. Xerox is increasingly designing products to use its new EA toner, whose production uses 25% less energy than that used to make conventional toner. This year, the company opened the first EA toner plant in the U.S., which was designed for optimum energy efficiency. For conventional toner still in use, Xerox has developed an additive that increases efficiency and reduces energy demand up to 22% per pound of toner.
The company's 15,000 technical support staff are driving less thanks to the increased reliability of digital systems like multifunction products and the ability to diagnose technical issues remotely. In the U.S. alone, technical service engineers drove 34 million fewer miles in 2006 than in 2002, resulting in a reduction of 26,000 tonnes of GHGs.
Xerox is also saving energy by upgrading infrastructure systems in various manufacturing and office locations worldwide and by increasing its employees' use of networked systems to manage documents. The company notes that one multifunction system uses half as much energy as several single-function devices. For a workgroup of 100 people, this can reduce energy costs by as much as $2,000 per year.
More information is available on the Xerox Web site, www.xerox.com.