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Lockheed Meets Green Goals a Year Early

Defense company Lockheed Martin has achieved its five-year sustainability goals a year ahead of schedule.

Lockheed Martin’s programs have reduced its corporate water usage by 25 percent and its carbon emissions by 30 percent, since 2007. The target for both metrics was a 25 percent reduction.

Since 2007 the company has also reduced its total waste to landfill by 39 percent. It met its target of a 25 percent reduction in 2010.

The targets were set in 2008 as part of the company’s “Go Green” commitment. Revenues rose 12 percent over that time period.

The company’s cuts in water use saved more than 1.5 billion gallons of water. Contributing factors included upgrading heating and cooling equipment, installing low-flow fixtures and low-irrigation landscaping, the company said

Lockheed reduced its amount of waste to landfill by 35 million pounds since 2007. Contributing efforts included comprehensive recycling programs at multiple U.S. facilities, efforts in Marietta, Ga., that cut the amount of packaging required for major parts, and reduced cafeteria food waste at several facilities, the company said.

Lockheed attributes the reduction in carbon emissions to energy efficiency efforts with lighting and HVAC systems, the purchase of renewable solar and wind energy, and innovations such as using wood waste to power its 1.6 million square-foot plant in Owego, N.Y. The carbon reduction equals the annual GHG emissions from more than 85,000 passenger cars, Lockheed says.

As of the first quarter of 2012, 61 percent of the company’s 150 energy savings projects identified in 2010 and 2011 were partially or fully implemented. Together these projects offer potential carbon emissions avoidance of nearly 100,000 metric tons over the next year, Lockheed says.

According to The Carbon Disclosure Project’s latest rankings, Lockheed Martin is the defense company with the best carbon performance. Lockheed was rated an A for its carbon performance in the report. Boeing was awarded a B, and Northrop Grumman received a C grade.

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