The S&C Asia Pacific team, based in Melbourne, Australia, in 2017 embarked on a journey to Seaford, a small beachside town in the state of Victoria, to clear various harmful weeds from the natural habitat. The team removed 11 full bags of weeds from the area. In addition, S&C donated $10,000 to a local environmental group, Friends of Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands, to help offset the team’s CO2 emissions throughout the year.
The S&C team released a new branded promotional “Karma Kup” and water bottle for both team members and customers. The reusable cup will assist in reducing the number of disposable cups sent to landfill, and the water bottle will help reduce the number of plastic bottles used around the office and thrown away. Both the reusable cup and water bottle can be found on everyone’s desks. S&C estimates the initiative will reduce at least 3,750 disposable coffee cups used in the Melbourne office each year.
In 2017, the S&C business disposed of 39 tons of solid hazardous waste, up 1.6% from 38.4 tons the previous year. It also disposed of one ton of liquid hazardous waste, approximately the same as the previous year. The facility also recycled 30.5 tons of epoxy resin (78.2% of total solid waste), down 13% because of a reduction in epoxy-resin residual during production.
Water use at the facility dropped 33%, to 710,623 gallons (2.7 million liters) from 1.04 million gallons (3.9 million liters) in 2016. Electricity use rose 0.8%, to 777,580 kWh from 771,290 kWh a year earlier.
The S&C manufacturing facility in Toronto undertook various projects in 2017 to reduce power consumption:
- Testing and adoption of new solutions for introducing LED lighting helped reduce overall annual power consumption by 64,846 kW, and it helped reduce fluorescent lamp disposal by 476 lamps per year on average.
- A chiller/cooling tower was replaced, enabling S&C to install a chiller with a scroll compressor instead of a reciprocating compressor. The tower will offer future energy savings totaling around 4560 kW/yr.
The Toronto facility also made strides in reducing landfill use:
- In the cafeteria, biodegradable cutlery and coffee lids were introduced, redirecting 94,000 items annually in waste normally going to “energy from waste” to organic disposal.
- Several drinking fountains throughout four buildings were replaced with bottle-filler stations, and S&C distributed bottles to interested team members for use in those stations, thereby reducing by 35,400 the use and disposal of plastic water bottles.
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
In 2017, S&C Electric Company UK Holdings Ltd., which covers the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, transitioned from the international Environmental Management ISO 14001: 2004 standard to the new ISO 14001: 2015 standard. External auditors reviewed the new management systems and found all in compliance.
The EMEA business unit also reached the required performance levels to maintain Carbon Reduction Program certification from the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) for 2017.
Following the headquarters move to a new United Kingdom office in Baglan, Wales, the EMEA business unit set up a new waste-management regime that met the target of sending zero waste to landfills. Moreover, 94% of industrial waste, which mainly comprises waste electrical and electronic components from project sites, was recycled, up from 92% in 2016.
In 2017, S&C EMEA was awarded the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award in recognition of excellence in health and safety management. Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean
S&C’s Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean (MCAC) business in 2017 continued to advance its efforts to improve the environment and employee safety. Among its biggest achievements was securing ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007, and ISO 9001:2015 certification.
An accounting department project completed during the year minimized accounts payable document printing. The reduction in paper use is equivalent to saving 5.3 trees.
In 2017, no Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) injuries occurred, and there were no recordable injuries for the Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) index (see page 10 for an explanation of these two programs). Moreover, First Aid accidents were reduced by 20%, helped by new monthly “Safety Stop” meetings during which team members review environment health and safety results.