Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere. We know that responsible resource management is vital to our company, employees, customers, and world. So, our operating processes reflect this strong commitment to environmental protection. We're on the constant lookout for energy-efficient systems, as well as systems that sustain air and water quality, or eliminate or reduce waste. And, when investing in new products, approaches or technologies, we give preference to those that have the most favorable environmental impact.
Energy and Greenhouse Gases
The goals: become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Back in 1972, John Deere initiated its energy efficiency program. Then, in 2003, we added a worldwide greenhouse gas inventory program.
The results: between 1972 and 2006, our energy conservation programs reduced total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 63% per ton of production. To further manage the risks of GHG emissions from our operations and identify cost-effective opportunities, Deere joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Climate Leaders program in 2007.
We established a goal to reduce the company's global greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per dollar of revenue through 2014.
Manufacturing locations in water-scarce regions have goals to reduce water usage. Water usage data is collected and tracked at all manufacturing locations. And, we're currently developing standards and guidelines for construction of new manufacturing facilities, encouraging the inclusion of water reduction technology in the initial project design.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. John Deere uses LEED criteria for new facility construction. In fact, several of our office buildings have received LEED recognition.
John Deere dealers are also focused on sustainable facilities. One example: the newly rebuilt dealership in Greensburg, Kansas. Achieving a LEED gold rating, the dealership uses wind energy to help power the facility. John Deere offers design guidance to dealers constructing or remodeling their facilities to encourage efficient energy and water use.
We say we're committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. And we follow through by supporting strong environmental policies, vigilantly complying with all applicable regulations wherever we do business, considering environmental impact in all our business planning, and fostering a culture of eliminating waste.
John Deere works to be environmentally responsible. We expect our suppliers to do the same. So, to minimize environmental liabilities, we first consider those suppliers with a focus on sound resource management. Supplier environmental policies, standards, systems, and programs are in place to audit supplier environmental compliance.This includes high-risk supplier audit programs,restricted materials policies,purchased product compliance,and adherence to the Supplier Code of Conduct.
One way this is all making an impact is through recycling. As our manufacturing facilities step up recycling efforts with a goal of reducing landfill waste, our suppliers have to be supportive. If their products come to us in packaging or pallets that aren't recyclable, then our goals are not met. Thankfully, we're all in this together.
John Deere Iberica Facility Built With Sustainable Features
How are we doing? We're proud to show our environmental support and progress towards our goals with real numbers. Take a look.