|Cummins to Cut Its Global Water Use in Half by 2020|
Improvements reached at global facilities
Cummins released its water conservation goal in 2014 as part of its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Plan, pledging to reduce water use intensity by 33 percent, adjusted by labor hours. As of the third quarter of 2016, the company's water efficiency efforts had resulted in a 42 percent intensity reduction or 18 percent on an absolute basis. Because the Company achieved the initial goal ahead of schedule, it revised its goal to be more aggressive.
The revised 50 percent intensity reduction goal represents a total water savings of 763 million gallons of water since 2010. That is equivalent to the water needed for drinking, sanitation and hygiene for 395,000 people for a year.
With facilities located around the globe from
“Thanks to the hard work of our employees around the world, we have
surpassed our initial target, but we know we should do more and are
raising the bar with a revised goal, “ said
“Businesses can’t operate, and people can’t live, without water,” said Mormino. “We have a responsibility to come together in collective action, and Cummins is committed to being part of the solution.”
The company’s comprehensive water strategy addresses both direct water use and community engagement. Cummins has the opportunity through its more aggressive revised goal to amplify water efficiency efforts, which is important for several reasons: to mitigate business risk; to be a good global citizen and to reduce costs and compliance risk. In its water management program, the company uses innovative assessment tools such as the Ceres Aqua Gauge (one of the first companies to use this framework), a global water risk screen and the “true cost” of water assessment that identifies water costs embedded in activities such as pumping, electricity and chemical use.
To achieve the 50 percent reduction, Cummins will expand the work it does with its sites in water program management, including intensive engagement with higher water use locations, water balance creation and sub-metering. The company also has plans for high impact and showcase projects, such as an alternative bio-tech system for producing high quality treated wastewater for process reuse at one of its engine plants.
Cummins uses regenerative dynamometers (dynos) throughout the company to capture the mechanical energy of engines in test cells. The dynos also reduce cooling load, which allows cooling systems to be smaller and use less water.
Many Cummins buildings have specific features designed to conserve
water. The bioswales at the new Distribution Business Unit headquarters
Cummins also has a water neutrality goal that embodies the company’s aspiration to work together with its communities to ensure that everyone has adequate, safe, and sustainable water supplies. By 2020, Cummins plans achieve water neutrality (offset the water it uses) at 15 facilities in water-stressed communities. This goal is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 for Clean Water and Sanitation.
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