- The news: Xerox cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent, well
exceeds target set for completion in 2012.
- How Xerox did it: Company-wide effort included driving fewer miles,
sound energy management, new manufacturing technologies and more
efficient heating and cooling equipment.
- What it means: Xerox saves on energy costs, plans for further
TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Reflecting a company-wide commitment to
environmental stewardship, Xerox Canada, in tandem with Xerox Corporation
(NYSE: XRX) has already exceeded its 2012 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission
reduction target and is upping its goal by more than 100 percent.
With an 18 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2002,
Xerox topped its 10 percent reduction target and is now boosting its goal to a
25 percent decrease by 2012. In addition to preventing the emission of 87,000
metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2006, the equivalent of taking more than
18,000 cars off the road, Xerox's GHG reduction program 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. Achieving the reduction required Xerox to invest in equipment and
process upgrades, but the company expects to reap long-term financial and
"Long before it was popular to do so, Xerox ranked sustainability high on
its list of priorities and led the industry in innovative ways to reduce waste
and conserve energy. This deep knowledge, along with our well-defined
processes, contributed to our success in exceeding GHG reduction targets six
years ahead of our goal," said Patricia Calkins, vice president, Environment,
Health and Safety for Xerox. "Our long-term experience has shown us that when
we act in ways that benefit the environment, we make sound business decisions
that not only benefit Xerox but also our customers and shareholders."
How Xerox is doing it
Xerox joined the EPA Climate Leaders program in 2003 and originally
committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from the baseline
year of 2002. Analyzing its GHG emissions, Xerox found they were nearly all
associated with energy use - indirect emissions from purchased electricity and
steam and direct emissions from combustion of fossil fuels like natural gas
and from burning gasoline and diesel fuels from vehicles, including the fleet
of cars and trucks used by sales and service employees. To meet its greenhouse
gas reduction target, it launched a company-wide energy reduction program
called "Energy Challenge 2012."
The projects implemented resulted in significant greenhouse gas
- 24 percent reduction in GHG emissions from use of company vehicles.
- 27 percent reduction of GHG emissions associated with burning natural
- 13 percent 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
percent, driven by a 12 percent reduction in electricity use, a 27 percent
reduction in natural gas purchases, and a 30 percent reduction in gasoline and
diesel fuel consumption. According to Calkins, Xerox's energy expenses last
year would have been 21 percent higher had it not been for its conservation
measures. 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 percent by 2012 from the 2002 baseline year.
Smart energy management
Xerox believes its existing energy-saving initiatives offer opportunity
for further GHG reduction, making it possible to step up the 2012 goal. Some
of these initiatives include:
- Xerox's biggest single energy use is producing supplies such as toner.
Xerox is increasingly designing products to use its new EA toner,
which is grown by a chemical process and uses 25 percent less energy
than traditional toner made by the grinding method. This year, the
company opened the first EA toner plant in the U.S., which was
designed for optimum energy efficiency. For conventional toner, which
does require grinding, Xerox has developed an additive that increases
efficiency and reduces energy demand up to 22 percent per pound of
- The 15,000 Xerox employees responsible for technical support of Xerox
products at customers' workplaces are driving less because of
increased reliability of digital systems like multifunction products
as well as remotely diagnosing technical issues. 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 metric tons of greenhouse
gases. It would take more than 666,000 tree seedlings growing for 10
years to store the carbon from these GHG emissions.
- To save energy, the company is upgrading some infrastructure systems
in manufacturing and office locations worldwide. For example, it
replaced aging boilers and industrial air conditioners in El Segundo,
Calif., made lighting improvements in Cincinnati, consolidated boilers
in Oklahoma City, and replaced gas heaters in Mitcheldean, U.K.
- Xerox is its best case study for the efficiency of using digital
multifunction systems in workplaces instead of standalone printers,
copiers, fax machines and scanners. In Xerox locations worldwide,
employees depend on networked Xerox systems for all their document
management needs. One multifunction system uses half as much energy as
several single-function devices. For a workgroup of 100 people, it can
reduce energy costs by as much as $2,000 per year.
- Xerox is adjusting existing climate control equipment to capture
energy savings. The standard operating temperature in all buildings is
more strictly controlled to eliminate waste in air conditioning and
heating. In addition, lighting systems are programmed to match work
"Congratulations Xerox for achieving its Climate Leaders greenhouse gas
reduction goal. This success demonstrates that climate change management is
good for business and good for the environment," said Robert J. Meyers,
principal deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.
"EPA applauds Xerox for its leadership and looks forward to working with it on
its new goal."
About Xerox Corporation
Xerox Corporation is the world's leading document management technology
and services enterprise. A $16 billion company, Xerox provides the industry's
broadest portfolio of color and black-and-white document processing systems
and related supplies, as well as document management consulting and
outsourcing services. Over the past 40 years, Xerox has demonstrated
leadership in sustainability and citizenship in its products and its
facilities and by investing in innovation that delivers measurable benefits to
the environment. It is a member of the California Climate Action Registry as
well as the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). It was named to
the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in recognition of its
economic, environmental and social performance, and it received the National
Medal of Technology, the highest technology award in the United States, for
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