John Deere is committed to reducing our environmental footprint worldwide. Our approach is simple: involve every area of the company in the effort to reduce the amount of energy and water we use, increase the amount of waste we recycle, and use life cycle engineering to reduce the overall impact of our products and services while still meeting our customers' needs.
Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption per ton of production 15% from 2012 through 2018.
From our manufacturing and materials engineering to our data centers and paint operations, we will aggressively seek ways to reduce our energy use. Because when we reduce the amount of energy we use, we'll also reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we produce. Good for John Deere, and good for the environment.
John Deere is committed to reducing water consumption per ton of production 15% from 2012 through 2018.
Because we work with those who work the land in nearly every corner of the globe — from North and South America to Europe to Africa and Asia — we know how precious fresh water is. That's why we're committed to reducing our overall use of water 15%, and especially in areas that are designated as water-scarce (that is, areas where the annual demand for fresh water exceeds the annual renewable supply).
We are committed to recycling 75% of total waste by 2018.
We start from a very strong position — in 2012, we recycled 60% of our total waste. But we plan to improve our recycling efforts by one-quarter, to 75%.
To achieve this goal, we will look at every waste stream in John Deere manufacturing facilities — from aerosol cans and construction waste to paint process waste and wood pallets — for ways to increase our total recycling.
Check out what else we're currently doing to make our facilities more eco-efficient.
John Deere is committed to using life cycle engineering to develop, produce, and deliver products and services that meet customer needs while reducing their environmental impact. We're already making progress.
In April 2013, we introduced the 644K, our first diesel hybrid electric drive wheel loader. We used technology that allows us to power the 644K with a smaller engine that will actually improve the machine's performance and increase its expected operating life.
In the coming years, we will be adapting this and other environmentally advanced technologies to a variety of John Deere products.
Here's what we've been doing with our existing products to make them more environmentally friendly.
HUNTING FOR SAVINGS
"Treasure hunt" may conjure images of a children's game, but at John Deere it's serious business.
The "treasure" is low-cost/no-cost opportunities to reduce energy and water consumption at Deere factories around the world.
The "hunt" is led by Deere Environmental Engineers and a team that includes employees from maintenance, operations, Continuous Improvement, pipefitting, and electrical.
Projected annual savings at the seven facilities that have hosted treasure hunts range from $82,000 to nearly $400,000, and more plants have scheduled their own hunts.
REDUCING SOIL COMPACTION
John Deere's new F440R fixed chamber baler is a great example of the company's efforts to progressively lower the environmental impact of its products.
The F440R is designed to reduce the pressure applied by each tire by up to 45%. This is important because less pressure means less soil compaction, which leads to healthier silage and improved sustainability.
The baler also features enhanced maneuverability and produces bales up to 61% faster than its nearest competitor, making it the optimal combination of performance and sustainability.
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