As a global industrial leader, Parker’s manufacturing operations can have a positive and widespread impact on the world, and the company recognizes the importance of acting responsibly with the planet’s natural resources.
Parker’s 2017 Sustainability Report features examples selected from hundreds of submissions that demonstrate initiatives driven by Parker team members, aimed at improving their local communities and helping to protect the environment for future generations.
At Parker manufacturing facilities around the world, team members continue to research and implement creative solutions to reduce energy consumption and emissions by optimizing manufacturing processes and modernizing equipment. Parker has reduced absolute energy consumption by 54% and greenhouse gas emissions by 52% since calendar year 2004. Since 2008, Parker has reported its energy and emissions data to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2017, Parker’s Climate Change Score ranked in the top quartile among its diversified industrial peer companies.
Data-driven waste reduction
Hydraulic Pump Division - Greeneville, TN, USA
A key responsibility of the division’s manufacturing equipment operators has always been to regularly inspect and service the machine coolant systems, minimizing the risk of poor fluid health causing operational or safety issues. This year the division implemented a condition monitoring system that leverages fluid health data to determine the coolant replacement schedule. In addition to improved safety and machine up-time, the condition monitoring solution has decreased coolant-related maintenance by 68%, and decreased coolant waste by more than 6,450 gallons per month.
To date, Parker has transitioned 1.2 million square feet of manufacturing space to LED lighting. The initiative has reduced CO2 emissions by 3,600 metric tons per year, reduced energy use by 4.9 million kWh per year, and removed 4.3 pounds of mercury from the waste stream per year.
Gardening for good
Quick Coupling Division - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Team members worked together to build and cultivate an outdoor garden behind the facility, growing corn, tomatoes and other vegetables to help promote a healthy diet and reduce their environmental footprint. The division also organizes an annual food drive, helping to feed more than 700 families in the local community.
Commitment to Recycling
Parker team members are taking action to conserve resources and help protect the environment for future generations. Today Parker recycles more than 85% of the waste generated from its manufacturing operations, and the company continues to make progress towards its goal of reducing water use and volume of waste sent to landfills by 20% between 2015 and 2020.
To find out more of how Parker is making a positive impact in the world read the 2017 Sustainability Report..