Operational Excellence

Embracing our principle of Responsible Stewardship to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in all areas of our operations and solutions

S&C recognizes the ways the power and energy industries can significantly contribute to protecting our planet and reducing the impacts of climate change. We are driven by our guiding principle of Responsible Stewardship and are sensitive to the environmental effects of our business activities. Our approach to decarbonizing operations, diverting our waste impact, and responsibly managing the use of natural resources to enhance circularity is outlined in our Environmental Policy Statement.

Operational excellence at S&C means that, by improving our processes and systems, we drive efficiency, effectiveness, and scalability. This fosters a culture of excellence and of continuously striving for improvements, and it helps us deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers while maximizing the potential of our talented team members.
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Climate Change and Decarbonization

S&C continually explores ways to make our operations more environmentally friendly and less reliant on human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. Regular sources of GHG include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and high global warming potential (GWP) gases such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). S&C devotes substantial efforts toward managing our applicable emissions, including broad involvement, planning, and investment to create a companywide decarbonization goal.

The efforts that support this ambition include:

  • Continuing to invest in new technology, processes, and capital improvements to reduce applicable GHG emissions
  • Adhering to strict quality standards, monitoring, and training to minimize applicable GHG emissions
  • Seeking ways to optimize energy efficiency and reduce energy and fuel consumption
  • Continuing to purchase renewable energy certificates for electrical energy use at all our U.S. locations in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, as well as for the total electrical use at our global manufacturing locations, including in Canada, Mexico, and China
  • Identifying additional opportunities to promote renewable energy generation and the use of electric vehicles and electric charging stations at our global manufacturing sites
  • Defining short-, medium-, and long-term targets to continue reducing our own GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2)
  • Evaluating GHG emissions from our value chain (scope 3) to develop a baseline and strategy

Scope 1 Emissions

Scope 2 Emissions

Waste Management and Diversion

Our global waste management program focuses on prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting initiatives throughout our facilities. Within the last few years, S&C has matured this program by implementing additional material-management and waste-handling practices, including:

  • Measuring our waste impact by tracking the amount of waste we generate, reuse, recycle, compost, and convert into energy
  • Working with third-party experts to find new ways to decrease waste generation and enhance our waste-handling/disposal processes
  • Involving team members in waste-minimization efforts by assembling teams of volunteers
  • Reinforcing positive and proactive behaviors aimed at eliminating waste by following the Waste Hierarchy

Global Waste Diverted from Landfill

2022 Global Waste Disposal

Energy Efficiency

We invest in renewable energy certificates and capital improvement projects, including LED lighting, green building practices, equipment upgrades, and EV charging stations, to continuously improve the energy efficiency of our operations. As the world becomes more reliant on electricity and shifts to using more renewable sources, we are assessing new efficiency programs, including renewable energy generation, electrification of our owned and leased vehicle fleets, and installation of additional EV charging stations at our global locations to further reduce our energy consumption.

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Global Electricity Use

Global Electricity Usage Intensity (kWh/$ Million Revenue)

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Air Quality

S&C has made numerous facility upgrades to reduce the intensity and impact of our activities on air quality, even as our operations have grown significantly. Key initiatives include investing in new powder paint coatings with low to zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in our global manufacturing locations, resulting in a reduction of more than 95% since the 1990s.

VOCs Emissions (U.S.)

HAPs Emissions (U.S.)

Water Conservation

We leverage our lean manufacturing practices, facility upgrades, shared best practices, and conservation efforts to reduce our water consumption. Since 2012, S&C has applied the water conservation lessons learned from efforts at our Chicago headquarters across our global locations.

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Global Water Use

Global Water Usage Intensity (Gallons/$ Million Revenue)

Supply-Chain Management

As a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, we understand the critical nature of maintaining a resilient, reliable, and responsible supply chain. S&C strives to work with goods and services suppliers that share our values and commitments to quality, dependability, integrity, and mutually beneficial results.

In addition, we:

  • Uphold a Supplier Code of Conduct that is accessible on our website and included with all contracts
  • Rely on a variety of practices to maintain a sustainable supply chain, including sourcing locally, promoting efficient materials use, and mapping efficient routes
  • Strive to build and sustain partnerships with trusted suppliers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including minority- and woman-owned businesses, as well as local and small businesses in the communities where we operate
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