Ecolab Sets New Environmental Goals
Revised targets build on strong previous environmental performance, will guide
operations through 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 22, 2013
Following a strong performance on earlier environmental goals, Ecolab Inc.,
the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has
set new five-year targets to further improve the environmental impact of its
“Sustainability is core to our purpose of making the world cleaner, safer and
healthier,” said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab chairman and chief executive
officer. “Through our total impact approach, we consider the economic, social
and environmental impacts of our products and services to deliver sustainable
results for our customers and improve our own operations.”
Ecolab merged with Nalco Company in December 2011. As individual companies,
both Ecolab and Nalco were committed to sustainable operations and minimizing
environmental impacts. This commitment has been strengthened through the
combined company’s expanded expertise and broader reach.
Using the combined company’s 2012 metrics as an operational baseline, Ecolab
has set new goals to further improve its environmental impact within the next
five years. Among these new targets, Ecolab will work to achieve a five
percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a 10 percent reduction in
water use and wastewater discharge, and a 10 percent reduction in solid waste,
per million dollars in sales.
The updated environmental performance targets build upon the success both
Ecolab and Nalco had achieved toward their previous environmental goals. Both
firms were pacing ahead of targets at the end of 2011, when the two companies
merged and concluded their legacy programs.
Ecolab achieved a 19 percent reduction in U.S. GHG emissions from the 2006
baseline, attaining 95 percent of its stated goal within 83 percent of the
time frame. Ecolab also reduced waste by 20 percent between 2009 and 2012,
against a target of 18 percent. In 2007, Nalco set a target of reducing its
total energy use 10 percent globally by the end of 2012, and achieved 84
percent of its goal within 80 percent of the planned time frame.
Ecolab has been recognized numerous times for its sustainability leadership.
In 2012, the company was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,
the FTSE4Good Index, the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Carbon Disclosure
Leadership Index for the third consecutive year and to the Maplecroft Climate
Innovation Index for the third consecutive year. Ecolab also received the
American Chemistry Council Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Award, the NAFA
Fleet Management Association Sustainable Fleet Award and was named to
Ethisphere Institute’s list of the world’s most ethical companies for the
seventh consecutive year.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is
the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that
protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 44,000
associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to
promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use
and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare,
energy, hospitality, commercial laundry and industrial markets in more than
170 countries around the world.
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Roman Blahoski, 651-293-4385
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