2017 Sustainability Report

Operational Impact

EH&S Overview

The end use of Xylem products is to promote sustainable water management, but we’re equally committed to optimizing the efficient manufacturing of our products. To help us manage and continuously improve the sustainability of our own environmental footprint, we have set five-year goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste to landfill.

We’re making good progress toward these goals with the help of a cloud-based EH&S software solution. This system assists us in tracking our progress in reducing our environmental footprint. It enables us to establish our baseline and identify trends in consumption, costs and emissions. We utilize this system to identify conservation opportunities via our Treasure Hunts and Energy Audits, and estimate cost and resource savings. Finally, the system enables us to track progress in specific projects, including cost and savings, and to share best practices across the organization.

Xylem also holds itself to the high standards required for ISO and OHSAS certification. Several of our global manufacturing sites meet ISO 14001 standards for environmental management, ISO 50001 for energy management and/or OHSAS standards for health and safety management. We are proud of this achievement as it demonstrates our commitment to transparency in our operations.

Xylem investigates all significant incidents occurring at our sites and completes root cause analysis to identify and prevent recurrence of the causes of the incidents.

XYLEM 2019 OPERATIONAL GOALS

(2014 Baseline)

20%
Reduction in GHG Emissions Intensity
25%
Reduction in
Water Intensity
20%
Reduction in Waste
to Landfill
100%
regulatory Compliance
At all manufacturing/service sites

In addition, we discuss incidents in a variety of forums, including town halls and operational reviews, and all incidents are reviewed with site teams, which include plant managers, general managers, supervisors and EHS globally. These reviews provide the site teams with additional prevention and response education.

One of our sustainability goals is to record zero regulatory compliance notices of violation at manufacturing and service sites. Achieving this goal will enable us to meet our compliance obligation, while also minimizing the reputational or financial risk associated with permit violations at our sites.

In 2017, Xylem had zero environmental notices of non-compliance or fines. We experienced 14 minor spills at our facilities resulting in a collective 150.5 gallons of fluid spilled, and two minor spills at customer sites resulting in a collective 101.3 gallons of fluid spilled. None of these incidents were reportable to local authorities.

Precautionary Principle

We believe that we have a responsibility to help mitigate the effects of climate change, which is why we adhere to the precautionary principle. This means that even in the absence of scientific consensus, we will avoid actions or policies that we believe could cause harm to the health of people or the planet.

ISO 14001-certified sites

 
Manufacturing Sites

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Calamba, Philippines
  • Cegled, Hungary
  • Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Emmaboda, Sweden
  • Essen, Germany
  • Herford, Germany
  • Hoddesdon, UK
  • Laatzen, Germany
  • Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Montecchio, Italy
  • Nanjing, China
  • Shenyang, China
  • Stara Tura, Slovakia
  • Strzelin, Poland
  • Vadodara, India
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA

Sales and
Service Facilities

  • Austria (3 sites)
  • Ireland (2 sites)
  • Norway (9 sites)
  • Sweden (12 sites)
  • United Kingdom (11 sites)

Distribution
Centers

  • Emmaboda, Sweden

Offices

  • Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Sundbyberg, Sweden
OHSAS 18001-certified sites

 
Manufacturing Sites

  • Calamba,Philippines
  • Emmaboda, Sweden
  • Essen, Germany
  • Herford, Germany
  • Hoddesdon, UK
  • Laatzen, Germany
  • Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Nanjing, China
  • Shenyang, China
  • Stara Tura, Slovakia
  • Vadodara, India

Sales and
Service Facilities

  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

Distribution
Centers

  • Emmaboda, Sweden

Offices

  • Schaffhausen, Switzerland
ISO 50001-certified sites

 
Manufacturing Sites

  • Laatzen, Germany
  • Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Shenyang, China