Tyco’s global sustainability strategy is to reduce our overall environmental impact and resource consumption footprint around the world by working smarter. We are taking a number of steps to reduce our environmental impact, such as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste generation and water use throughout our global operations.
- Water Use – In 2015 and since setting baseline levels in 2012, we have achieved our strongest results with water use. By reducing water consumption 13 million liters globally last year, we surpassed our five-year reduction target two years ahead of schedule. Since 2012, we have saved more than 50 million liters of water through such measures as installing low-flow lawn sprinklers, toilets and faucets; recycling treated process water back into the manufacturing process; and switching to air-cooled from water-cooled compressor systems.
- Waste Generation – Last year, we reduced waste disposal by 5 percent, as three additional manufacturing locations were certified internally as “Land Disposal Free” sites by recycling, reusing or finding alternative uses for all waste produced. In Tyco Retail Solutions, our innovative apparel inventory tag recirculation program recycled more than a billion tags in 2015 and nearly 7 billion since the program began, saving a total of 35 million pounds of plastic, while reducing waste and costs for customers. The Matamoros, Mexico, facility that supports this program earned recognition nationally with a 2015 Environmental Award from the National Council of the Maquiladora and Export Manufacturing Industry of Mexico.
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions – We were challenged in 2015 by higher fuel consumption in our vehicle fleet, resulting in a 4 percent increase in overall GHG emissions. At our manufacturing sites and offices, measures such as energy-saving audits, facility consolidations, LED lighting conversions, solar power and implementation of green building guidelines helped to offset the GHG increase.
- Recognition – Reflecting this range of environmental efforts and performance, Tyco was rated 13th in the Industrials sector and 83rd overall in Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S.
For more in-depth information, see our 2015 Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Report and 2014 Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Report.
Tyco is a member of the Business Roundtable (BRT), a U.S. association of chief executives of leading companies working to promote public policy and economic issues. See Tyco’s contribution to BRT’s 2016 Sustainability Report.