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Pratt & Whitney Commits to Zero Waste by 2025

Pratt & WhitneyPratt & Whitney says it will have zero waste — 100 percent recycled — in its factories and reduce its greenhouse gases and water consumption 80 percent, compared to 2000 levels, by 2025.

The aircraft engines manufacturer, a United Technologies company, yesterday launched its global sustainability goals for 2025 — Pratt & Whitney’s 100-year anniversary —focusing on waste, energy, water, safety and wellness, materials, suppliers and products. The company also announced its sustainability improvements to date.

For example, since 2006, P&W has reduced its total industrial process waste by 30 percent, or 14 million pounds, the company says. Also since 2006, P&W has reduced greenhouse gases by 30 percent in its factories, or 232,000 metric tons of CO2. P&W also reduced air emissions from chemicals by 60 percent or 117,000 pounds.

And finally, since 2006, P&W has reduced water use by 39 percent or 368 million gallons.

Among the company’s new sustainability goals, P&W says by 2025 its employees will be injury-free and the company will have best-in-class wellness programs.

The company also says by 2025 its suppliers will have world-class safety rates, will meet aggressive resource conservation targets and will be 100 percent green certified. A spokesperson tells Environmental Leader that P&W will collaborate with aerospace industry groups, peers and customers to establish the green certification criteria.

Another 2025 goal: the company says its engines will be the most fuel efficient and quietest on the market. Its Geared Turbofan technology provides up to 16 percent reduction in fuel burn compared with other modern engines, plus lower emissions, noise and maintenance cost, P&W says. The PurePower engine family cuts carbon emissions by 3,000 metric tons per aircraft per year, reduces aircraft noise footprints by 50 to 75 percent (operating 15 to 20dB below today’s most stringent standard – ICAO Stage 4), and will surpass the most stringent standards (CAEP/6) by 50 percent for nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Pratt & Whitney says it has invested about $60 million in more than 800 environmental projects since 2006. The company launched its 2025 goals at the Paris Air Show, which opened Monday.

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