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Lockheed Martin Beats Waste Target by Two Years

Lockheed Martin has met its waste-to-landfill goal two years early, and instituted a green IT program that has saved $2.6 million a year, according to its 2010 corporate energy, environment, safety and health report.

The defense company decreased its waste-to-landfill by 26 percent between 2007 and 2010, beating a goal of a 25 percent reduction by 2012. From 2009 to 2010 alone, the company decreased waste to landfill by 1.1 million pounds.

Lockheed has consolidated 4,000 data servers since 2008, saving 26 million kWh.

The company says it is on track to meet 25 percent by 2012 reduction goals for water and greenhouse gas emissions. It reduced water usage by 136 million gallons from 2009 to 2010, and by 22 percent since 2007, through initiatives including installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, improvements to cooling towers, and landscaping that requires less water.

Lockheed cut carbon emissions by 95,000 metric tons CO2 equivalent from 2009 to 2010, and by 15 percent since 2007, through energy efficiency initiatives and the purchase of renewable energy credits. The Carbon Disclosure Project has named Lockheed as an environmental leader for its GHG reduction efforts, the report said.

The company also said that it expanded its sustainable supply chain program in 2010, working with 51 indirect and IT suppliers. A recycled content program with Staples has saved nearly 9,000 trees, Lockheed said. It has also worked with Dell to eliminate extra packaging, by having computers shipped in multipacks or recycled containers.

But the company has been fined several times recently in pollution cases. In March Lockheed Martin, Honeywell International and ITT Corporation were among companies that reached $3 million worth of settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, addressing contaminated groundwater at two Superfund sites near Los Angeles, Calif. Lockheed was involved at both sites.

It is also one of the entities – along with Boeing Company and the city of Moses Lake, Wash. – providing $3.25 million in cleanup funds for the Moses Lake Wellfield Superfund Site in Washington state.

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