Setting the Environmental Goal-d Standard
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a prestigious Climate Leadership Award on February 28 for exemplary commitment and dedication to responding to climate change. Lockheed Martin received an award in the Goal Setting Certificate category for exemplary commitment and dedication to aggressive goal setting.
The award recognizes Lockheed Martin’s Go Green 2020 initiative, a new set of aggressive environmental goals to decrease the company’s use of natural resources in our business operations over the next eight years. By 2020, the company is targeting absolute reductions in carbon emissions by 35 percent, facility energy use by 20 percent, waste to landfills by 35 percent and water use by 10 percent, using environmental performance from 2010 as a baseline.
“I commend Lockheed Martin for their exemplary commitment and dedication to tackling the challenge of climate change,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "Lockheed Martin and all our Climate Leadership Award winners are reducing harmful carbon pollution, increasing efficiency and cutting waste at the same time.”
For the Climate Leadership Awards, the EPA partnered with The Climate Registry, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) to incentive, recognize and highlight actions that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Lockheed Martin’s Go Green 2020 goals represent voluntary reductions that go beyond current regulatory requirements and align closely with the ambitious sustainability goals put in place by some of the government’s largest agencies, including the Department of Defense.
“We are honored to be recognized with the prestigious Climate Leadership Award, but we know our environmental sustainability work doesn’t stop here,” said Carol Cala, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of Energy, Environment, Safety and Health. “We are dedicated to achieving our Go Green 2020 goals through our commitment to environmental leadership and sustainable operations, as well as our alignment with our key customers’ goals.”
In April 2012, the company announced that it had met or exceeded its previous set of environmental goals of reducing carbon emissions, waste-to-landfill and water use by 25 percent since 2007, while revenues rose 12 percent in the same period. According to publicly available data and the recently released Carbon Disclosure Project 2012 S&P 500 Report, Lockheed Martin is leading major aerospace and defense companies, and many other large industrial manufacturers, in meeting environmental performance targets.
“In recent years we’ve made smarter, better informed decisions to avoid the overconsumption of natural resources,” said Cala. “Our commitment to environmental stewardship is a key component of our strategy for sustainable, responsible, and profitable growth.”
To strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainability, Lockheed Martin also created an Office of Sustainability in 2012 to oversee business decisions affecting employees, communities, suppliers, customers, products and operations.
More information about Lockheed Martin’s energy, environment, safety and health performance can be found in the Corporate Sustainability Report.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a prestigious Climate Leadership Award on February 28 for exemplary commitment and dedication to responding to climate change.
- The award recognizes Lockheed Martin’s Go Green 2020 initiative, a new set of aggressive environmental goals to decrease the company’s use of natural resources in our business operations over the next eight years.
Photo caption: Elizabeth Craig (left), director of Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presents the Goal Setting Certificate for Green House Gas Emissions to Carol Cala (middle), Lockheed Martin vice president Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health, and Emily Hansroth, (right) Lockheed Martin environmental sustainability strategist.