Water & Infrastructure Solutions
Roughly 98 percent of the environmental impact of water pumps and mixers is related to energy consumption in the usage phase. More efficient products can positively impact our customers’ environmental footprint. Even small gains in efficiency over time can have a tremendous impact during a product’s lifetime.
Our product development process includes a step in which we evaluate new products from a sustainability perspective — considering recyclability, use of less harmful materials, energy efficiency and other factors. By considering sustainability early in the design phase, we are better positioned to create products that are more energy- and cost-efficient to manufacture and operate — something that is not always possible later in the process.
In 2017, the average efficiency of product lines was 61.4 percent, slightly up from 61.2 percent in 2016. Our 2017 performance represents a 2.8 percent improvement since 2012.
Our Vitality Index — the percentage of total sales from products launched in the last five years — is another key product efficiency indicator. We increased our Vitality Index 2020 goal from 25 percent to 30 percent following the acquisition of Sensus in 2016, and we’re pleased with our progress toward that goal. At the end of 2017, the Vitality Index was 24 percent, up 5 percent from 2016. Improving our Vitality Index is not only an indicator of how well we are meeting customer needs, it also means we’re successfully selling products that are more sustainable, as new products are almost always more energy-efficient.
We’re constantly looking to create new products that set the industry standard in efficiency. In 2017, we unveiled a new series of dewatering pumps under our Godwin brand. The Godwin S Series Dri-Prime pump reduces emissions by 90 percent and fuel consumption by 10 percent. Furthermore, in an industry first, it can be monitored and controlled from any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, anywhere in the world. The new Godwin series also features Xylem’s unique Flygt N-Technology for more efficient wastewater transport. The pump offers self-cleaning capability and sustained hydraulic efficiency.