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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions reflects our vision

At Eaton, our vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of our power management technologies and services. And we live this vision by being active stewards of our environment, whether it's creating innovative solutions for our customers to help them use power more efficiently or reducing the carbon footprint of our operations, and encouraging our suppliers to do the same.

Our most recently publicly available data are provided in the table below:

2018 Greenhouse gas emissions

Scope 1 emissions                         293,492 metric tons CO2e from natural gas, other stationary and mobile fuels, fleet, refrigerants, and wastewater treatment in CY 2018 
Scope 2 market-based
805,552.48 metric tons CO2e from purchased electricity in CY 2018 using the market-based approach
Scope 2 location-based 885,396.03 metric tons CO2e from purchased electricity in CY 2018 using the location-based approach
Scope 3 emissions 67,455,149.44 metric tons of CO2e from other sources in CY 2018

Improving the environment and environmental stewardship

We are dedicated to reducing our environmental impacts and using natural resources efficiently. We demonstrate environmental stewardship by asking all employees to take an active role in conserving resources, working efficiently and improving our communities. We strive to reduce our energy, emissions, water and waste footprints, and are continuously working to improve our performance.

We are heeding the global call for nations and businesses to work together to address climate change. In addition to increasing our focus on positive impact products that are accounted for in Scope 3 (indirect) emissions in our inventory, we are working hard to decrease the carbon impacts from our own operations – known as Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions. 

As part of our efforts to avoid the most significant impacts of climate change, in 2017 we analyzed our Scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2 degrees Celsius scenario and evaluated options to address those emissions. We learned a great deal about what it would take to align our emissions reductions with science-based levels, and we understand that we will need to both reduce our energy demand and green our energy supply.

Our emissions reduction efforts include the following:

  • Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and manufacturing processes and emphasizing energy conservation by employees, including:
    • Compressed air system maintenance
    • Boiler upgrades
    • Lighting retrofits
    • HVAC replacements
    • Installation of more efficient motors, drives and pumps
    • Process improvements
  • Using distributed generation at our sites:
    • Our manufacturing sites produced more than 9 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in 2018
    • Three of our sites have microgrids, with more in development 
  • Purchasing renewable energy:
    • Several of our sites purchased green power from providers in 2018, and we plan to purchase even more in 2019

Measuring and reporting on progress

Our leadership set an absolute goal of a 20 percent reduction (from a 2015 baseline) of our Scope 1 and 2 totals by 2025. Since 2015, we have reduced our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 13.6 percent. For 2018 our absolute reduction target was 2 percent, and we exceeded this goal; we achieved an absolute reduction of 5.6 percent.

We expanded the scope of our GHG inventory in 2018 to capture smaller sources of emissions, shifted to calendar-year accounting and updated our methodology. Those changes triggered a recalculation of our 2015 baseline. For consistency, we also recalculated the intervening years. Based on these changes, our 2018 total Scope 1 and 2 (market-based) GHG emissions are 1,099,044 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). And our recalculated 2015 Scope 1 and 2 emissions (baseline) is 1,272,709 metric tons of CO2e. This results in a 13.6 percent reduction in our absolute emissions between 2015 and 2018. Our Scope 3 emissions remain unchanged from 2015 at 67,455,149 metric tons of CO2e.

Reduction in absolute GHG emissions since 2015
13.6
%
Reduction in absolute GHG emissions since 2015
The number of metric tons of GHG reduced in 2018
66k
The number of metric tons of GHG reduced in 2018
The number of metric tons of GHG reduced since our 2015 baseline
174k
The number of metric tons of GHG reduced since our 2015 baseline

Watch the video

Harold Jones, executive vice president, Eaton Business System and Sustainability, describes how we're working toward a healthier planet with our customers.

CDP responses

Since 2006, we have responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire and consistently received high marks for disclosure. The CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a non-profit organization whose website is the largest public repository of corporate GHG emissions data in the world. We also encourage our suppliers to report their emissions through the CDP Supply Chain Program. Our most recent publicly available submittals are provided below.

Verification

Eaton uses an independent verification body to verify our GHG data. The verification includes a “reasonable” level of assurance for Scope 1 emissions (direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by the company) and Scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions from goods or resources with potential GHG emissions, mostly from the purchase of electricity). The Scope 3 verification includes a "limited" level of assurance for emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Our most recent publicly available verification statement is provided here.