|Scope 1 and 2 Emissions Intensity||19.38||19.15|
|Scope 1 and 2 Emissions Intensity,
Net of Renewable Energy
|Percentage Decrease Relative
to 2014 Baseline
* Values in this table have been restated. See Reporting Practices and EH&S Overview for additional information.
† A normalized metric based on annual revenues to allow for a consistent year-over-year comparison that is not impacted by acquisitions, divestitures, employee turnover and the like.
|Scope 1||Direct GHG Emissions; those
that come from sources owned
or controlled by Xylem
|Scope 2||Indirect Emissions; those resulting
from the offsite generation of
electricity, heating and cooling, or
steam by third-party providers and
purchased by Xylem
|Scope 3||Indirect Emissions Due to Business Travel||7,734||7,759|
|Natural Gas Used||11,538||9,504|
|Stationary Source Gaseous Propane||<1||17|
|Stationary Source Liquid Propane||375||351|
|Stationary Source Fuel Oil||552||765|
|Total Stationary GHG Emission||12,930||10,885|
|Mobile Source Gasoline||4,856||882|
|Mobile Source Diesel||18,733||23,018|
|Mobile Source Liquid Propane||694||75|
|Total Mobile GHG Emissions||24,282||23,975|
|Total Direct GHG Emissions||37,212||34,860|
|Total Indirect GHG Emissions||39,657||38,762|
|Renewable Electricity Generated||55||148|
|Natural Gas Used||63,653||52,431|
|Stationary Source Gaseous Propane||2||48|
|Stationary Source Liquid Propane||1,792||1,761|
|Stationary Source Fuel Oil||2,192||3,141|
|Total Stationary Energy Usage||67,693||57,529|
|Mobile Source Gasoline||18,476||3,305|
|Mobile Source Diesel||69,633||85,587|
|Mobile Source Liquid Propane||27||3|
|Total Mobile Energy Usage||88,137||88,895|
|Total Direct Energy Usage
(Stationary + Mobile)
* Natural gas, diesel fuel oil, gasoline and renewable sources used in our facilities and/or by mobile vehicles to transport our products.
|Total Indirect Energy Usage||139,197||131,167|
* Electricity and heat purchased from energy companies that use various fossil, renewable and non-fossil energy sources to produce and provide these energy products.
† Value restated due to change in reporting rule in 2015 (+50.1%).
|Purchased Renewable Energy Credits||116||92|
One of the simplest ways to reduce our overall GHG emissions is through the purchase of renewable or “green” energy credits and renewable energy. Currently, 23 Xylem manufacturing facilities and sales offices purchase renewable electricity. Combined, these sites purchased over 68 million kWh of renewable energy and nearly 9,600 CO2 equivalent metric tons in renewable energy during 2016.
>Sites that purchase these credits include:
In addition to purchasing renewable electricity, our sales office in the Netherlands offsets its natural gas consumption through certified green natural gas credits. Through the Gold Standard Foundation’s Fairtrade Carbon Credit program, companies such as Xylem are able to invest in green energy; increase the resilience of producer groups to the negative impacts of climate change; and help provide a more sustainable future for communities through diversifying community income streams, teaching new skills and creating local employment.
In our Australia and South Africa operations, we continue to grow our onsite solar energy generation program. The combined solar panels at our Australian (Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney) and South African (Boksburg) locations resulted in the generation of 148,259.61 kWh of energy during 2016. We continue to evaluate our green energy strategy with an eye toward its expansion in the years ahead.
Another area where we’re making progress is reducing air quality emissions. We are working to move away from using paints that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toward water-based painting systems in our operations. Where this is not possible, we are generally destroying VOCs or using materials with lower VOC content. For example, our production facility in Emmaboda burns VOCs and reuses heat from its painting process.
2016 Energy & Emissions Performance
Our energy- and emissions-reduction initiatives resulted in a 12-percent decrease in GHG emissions intensity from 2015 to 2016. This represents a 15.8-percent decrease from our 2014 baseline, continuing to advance us toward our goal of achieving a 20-percent decrease in GHG emissions intensity by 2019. A significant driver of our progress in 2016 was the increase in renewable energy credit purchases.
In 2016, Xylem engaged ERM-CVS, an independent certification and verification provider, to conduct assurance of the environmental metrics contained within our EHS metrics system. ERM-CVS provided an assurance statement for total direct energy use, total indirect energy use, total direct GHG emissions, total indirect GHG emissions, total water withdrawal, total hazardous waste and total non-hazardous waste. Click here to view the assurance statement from ERM-CVS.