We work continuously to improve energy efficiency in all our operations. We measure our carbon footprint and seek ways to reduce it. We promote environmentally responsible practices in paper procurement and print production.
In 2007, we established our baseline carbon footprint using the World Resources Institute standard. We publicly report our carbon footprint through the international Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Case Study: Norway vehicle fleet
Pitney Bowes Norway replaces leased vehicles with greener models. In 2007 Pitney Bowes Norway launched a program to replace automobiles coming off their leases with low-emission models, allowing employees a choice of electric, hydrogen or bio-fuel models. By the end of 2008, one in four leased vehicles had been replaced with cars at least 40 percent lower in emissions. The remainder of the fleet will be replaced as leases expire over the next three years. As a result of these efforts, Pitney Bowes Norway was named Oslo's greenest company in 2008.
Pitney Bowes is committed to energy conservation.. Our energy conservation projects help reduce costs, shrink our carbon footprint, and demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship.
Our cross-functional energy task force raises employee awareness about energy conservation. Through the end of 2008 we reduced our electricity consumption by more than 3 million kilowatt hours, saving $873,000 and reducing our carbon footprint by 2,602 metric tons of CO2. Energy saving initiatives have included better lighting systems, improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls, more efficient chillers, conveyors and computer monitors, and the use of motion sensors to shut off lights in unused spaces.
We are a founding member of the Green Power Market Development Group, an industry partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the development and purchase of alternative energy. Since 2003 we have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) to support green power projects using technologies such as solar, wind and biomass. So far, our RECs have resulted in over 17,000 metric tons of CO2 emission reductions. In 2008, our purchases of Green-e® certified RECs helped reduce CO2 by 2,331 metric tons.
Waste Management & Recycling
Since 1996 Pitney Bowes has taken part in the EPA"s WasteWise Initiative, a voluntary program to minimize the generation of wastes, increase recycling and promote the manufacture and purchase of products with recycled content. We now participate at all of our major sites in the U.S., our two largest sites in Canada and our main office complex in Harlow, U.K. Over the years we have received nine awards from the EPA, including designation as Program Champion and Partner of the Year. In 2008, we were named to the WasteWise Hall of Fame for our leadership in recycling.
Case Study: WasteWise
Our 2008 WasteWise recycling program diverted 7,523 tons of materials from landfills or incineration, including large quantities of plastic machine-covers, cardboard, foam and film packaging, wooden pallets, steel, aluminum, copper and electronics. Our recycling efforts are now moving beyond their original focus on manufacturing, assembly and disassembly operations to encourage greater participation in non-manufacturing facilities.
Forest Products Purchasing and Sustainable Forestry
As a leader in the mail and document management industry, we are committed to using paper and cardboard responsibly and preserving the world’s natural resources. We promote sustainable forestry and certification programs such as those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Institute (SFI), Canadian Standards Association and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Internally, we are focused on establishing metrics for our paper and cardboard procurement and sourcing from companies committed to responsible resource stewardship. Our public literature, catalogs and direct mailings include the “Recycle Please” logo.
Case Study: Paper Summit
Procurement personnel from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom came together at Pitney Bowes’ 2008 paper summit to review our Paper/Cardboard Procurement and Sustainable Forestry Standard. In addition to sharing best practices, participants began the process of collecting data on purchases of paper with recycled content or from certified sustainable forestry sources. We will build on this summit by establishing specific objectives and reporting on our progress.
Global Environmental, Health and Safety Management System
We recognize that a robust Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) process requires a clearly defined policy based on our core values. In 2009, we issued a new integrated global EHS policy that strengthens accountability and moves beyond compliance to encourage leadership on EHS matters throughout the company. Our new policy outlines our commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of our products and actions, our expectation that all injuries are preventable and our determination to hold each employee accountable for following appropriate health, safety and environmental practices.
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