Our Performance

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Objective

Balance environmental issues including the use of natural resources, energy and land development while contributing to a more sustainable future for our employees, communities and stockholders.

Targets
For decades, we have demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2008, we established the Go Green initiative to track our environmental performance and measure progress against three specific targets: 25 percent absolute reductions in carbon emissions, water and waste by the end of 2012 over 2007 levels. Through employee initiatives and innovative projects, we met or exceeded each of these goals in early 2012, nearly a year ahead of schedule. Management commitment to tracking performance and funding capital improvements was a key factor in this achievement.

Regulatory Compliance
In 2012, we did not receive a significant environmental Notice of Violation (NOV) related to our environmental performance, an improvement from 2011 when we received one such notice. Our operations had no incidents of significant spills or releases.

Go Green Results

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Where We Are Going

Applying the science of citizenship to our products, services and operations is an ongoing endeavor. We seek to create and extend long-term value for our company by further integrating sustainability into our global business strategy. We also recognize, along with our stakeholders, that some of our business activities may face future sustainability challenges if not well managed. Possible problem areas might include the natural resource makeup of some products, energy use in manufacturing and the ability to nurture U.S. science and engineering talent in our operations and supply chain. In late 2012, we launched a process to prioritize more than 40 key business issues that may influence the decisions, actions and performance of our stakeholders and business management.

In 2012, we launched new environmental sustainability goals, which commit us to achieve the following reductions from 2010 levels by 2020. We will begin reporting against these targets in 2013.

We will reduce:

  • carbon emissions by 35%
  • facility energy use by 20%
  • waste to landfills by 35%
  • water use by 10%

Our Go Green 2020 targets will help shape our future sustainability strategies, programs and projects for our business operations. These goals closely mirror the environmental footprint reduction targets of our largest customer, the U.S. Department of Defense.

U.S. Executive Order 13514 requires all Federal agencies to establish environmental reduction targets and develop strategies and initiatives to meet those targets. This approach underlines our dedication to helping customers meet their environmental sustainability challenges and makes good business sense.

2013 Focus Areas
We will continually assess our goals and performance against our Go Green targets while also closely monitoring industry sustainability trends and stakeholder expectations, including customers’ sustainability goals. Areas we expect to expand upon in 2013 include:

  • Eliminating and reducing hazardous chemicals under our chemical sustainability initiative, which maps the chemical footprint of our operations and processes and seeks opportunities to use alternate materials wherever possible. See more about managing chemicals in Sustainable Sourcing.
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an approach that helps us meet customer expectations for evaluating product sustainability while improving product performance. We recently completed an analytical framework using a combination of LCA techniques to understand and prioritize environmental issues in our supply chain and our own facilities. Key findings included:
  • The most significant issues for our business are associated with energy use and its climate change impacts.
  • About 2 percent of the total environmental impact is directly associated with Lockheed Martin activities; the balance is elsewhere in the value chain.
  • Waste and water did not rank in the top 10 factors that accounted for 96 percent of our environmental impact.
  • An estimated 35 percent of our earnings before interest and taxes are associated with energy-related commodities across the supply chain.

Based on what we learned, we are exploring approaches such as integrating LCA into engineering design and our overall business lifecycle.

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Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

We were named to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index and Carbon Performance Leadership Index for the second consecutive year. CDP highlighted our corporate-wide efforts to monitor and reduce carbon emissions.

Green Power Ranking

We were listed #7 in the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Ranking National Top 50 List as of January 2013 and received one of twelve 2012 Green Power Leadership Awards.

Excellence in Recycling Award

In 2012, our Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Md., recycled 92 percent of all waste, sending only 91,530 lbs. to landfills, compared to 344,000 lbs. in 2008. The effort to reduce waste not only helped limit our impact on the environment, it also caught the attention of Maryland’s Montgomery County. For the past three years, the county has recognized our headquarters with its Excellence in Recycling Award, which celebrates companies that recycle at least 50 percent of their waste.

People's Choice Award

The Essex (Md.) Middle River Civic Council awarded us the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce 2012 “People’s Choice Award” for our contributions to the Middle River communities.