As a global industrial leader, Parker’s manufacturing operations can have a significant and widespread impact on the world, and the company recognizes the importance of acting responsibly with the planet’s natural resources.
Parker’s 2018 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.
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. Given the scope of Parker’s manufacturing operations, increasing energy efficiency represents a significant opportunity to reduce environmental impact. Since 2004, Parker has reduced its energy use index, which measures energy consumed per unit of sales, by more than 50%. This included a 1.6% reduction in absolute energy consumption and a 2.3% reduction in carbon emissions in calendar year 2017.
Since 2008, Parker has reported its energy and emissions data to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2018, Parker’s Climate Change Score ranked in the top quartile among its diversified industrial peer companies.
The transition from traditional gasoline and diesel to vehicles powered by renewable energy represents a significant opportunity to reduce emissions and protect the environment, and Parker Sweden is helping to lead the charge. A new country-wide company car policy encourages team members to choose hybrid or electric vehicles for business use. With a fleet of 125 company cars and an average annual mileage of approximately 18,640 miles (30,000 kilometers), Parker Sweden estimates the new policy is reducing fuel consumption by 18,492 gallons (70,000 liters), helping to reduce emissions by up to 25% without increasing cost.
Parker Australia - Castle Hill, Australia
In evaluating opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint, the division’s Supply Chain: Procurement & Warehouse High Performance Team noticed that paper, cardboard and wooden pallet waste was being discarded with regular trash, a realization that gave way to a major recycling project with significant results. By creating processes that enabled the proper disposal of key materials without creating extra work, installing colored and clearly labeled bins and partnering with two local companies that offered no-charge recycling, the plant has increased the amount of paper and cardboard recycled from 9% to 50% in the first year, and reduced waste management costs by nearly $90,000. The team plans to build on its success by adding glass and plastic recycling and supporting the rollout of this initiative at other Parker sites across Australia.
Pump & Motor Division Europe - Vierzon, France
After experiencing two significant storms that brought heavy rain and flooding throughout the region, the division became aware that their existing infrastructure was not fully capable of capturing and diverting large volumes of rainwater, which created a number of potential risks related to safety and production downtime. The facilities team not only installed an updated high capacity drainage system that reduced water recycling costs by nearly $25,000, but used it to redirect falling rain to a new self-contained lagoon outside the facility, complete with natural reed beds to help purify the water.
Parker team members are taking action to conserve resources and help protect the environment. Today Parker recycles more than 85% of the waste generated from its manufacturing operations, and the company continues to make progress toward its goal of reducing water use and the volume of waste sent to landfills by 20% between 2015 and 2020. This year Parker also engaged in several strategic partnerships that will help support environmental initiatives, including the implementation of a fluid management program and ongoing development of a resource tracking and reporting structure.