At Stanley Black & Decker, our commitment to sustainability remains fundamental to the way in which we operate, particularly with regard to climate, waste and water.
Our 2030 targets of becoming better than carbon neutral (what we call carbon positive), achieving zero waste to landfill and sustainable water use across our operations reflects our long-standing commitment to making a lasting, positive difference for our communities and the world we share.
2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainability is an integral part of our culture. We work actively toward cleaner water, curtailing waste generation and landfilling, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions—goals we encourage all to share.
Our 2030 Goals for Sustainability
Go Beyond Carbon Neutral across Our Operations by 2030 (Carbon Positive)
Actions to 2030 Goals**
Go Beyond Carbon Neutral Operations (Carbon Positive)
By 2030, we plan to reduce our operational carbon emissions to zero, and eliminate additional emissions through means of carbon capture such as carbon removal technologies.
Zero Waste to Landfill
We continue to work towards achieving zero waste to landfill (ZWTL) across our operations. This goal applies to our daily direct operations (one-off construction and other events may be excluded). We encourage waste minimization, reuse and recycling in all instances.
Sustainable Water Use
We seek to use water sustainably wherever we do business. We are mapping water risks and setting context-based targets that address site-specific concerns in each river basin—important given that water availability and risks are highly localized.
**Our 2030 CSR Carbon | Water | Waste goals exclude those Factory Outlets | Service Centers | Offices where we are unable to directly influence the purchase of energy, water, and disposal of waste.
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Our Operations
We recognize the effect that carbon emissions have on our environment and have committed to eliminate our operational climate impact and reach a carbon positive goal by 2030. We are looking at many different tools and technologies that can get us to our “beyond carbon neutral” vision.
Continued Efforts for Energy Efficiency
Our certified energy manager identifies opportunities to help individual plants meet energy reduction goals. This gives us an advantage in getting projects from conception to completion in a fast, cost-effective manner. Projects identified include: waste heat recovery, LED lighting, compressed air reductions, improved building insulation, motion controls on lighting and pole fans, and HVAC demand limiting.
We also use comprehensive sustainability software that tracks, reports, forecasts and helps to identify sustainability projects. This information sharing helps people at our facilities tap into one another’s energy savings ideas and network them. Content, notes and project details of energy and CO2e reductions are easily shared to inspire similar projects.
Increasing Renewable Electricity Mix
We continue to increase our use of renewable electricity across our global footprint. For the first time in 2019, several sites have sourced 100 percent renewable electricity for their operations:
- Many of our sites in the UK
- Amsterdam, Zwolle, Helmond (Netherlands)
- Giessen, Linden, Friedrichsdorf (Germany)
- Decorah, Iowa, US
- Lincoln, Nebraska, US
- Farmington, Connecticut, US
Sustainable Water Use
To reach sustainable water use across Stanley Black & Decker, we are reducing water consumption across our global operations and developing context-based water targets in collaboration with global partners and local authorities, academia and communities. These efforts, part of our 2030 ambitions, are supplemented by sustainable water use awareness events such as our global Water Week that encourages our employees to submit ideas to improve local water sustainability.
WRI Aqueduct Tool
Through our 2019 water risk analysis and reporting, we identified geographically high-water risk locations across our enterprise, based on data provided by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Working towards contextually based water targets, in August 2019, we started consulting with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to introduce their Water Risk Filter, which will gradually replace the WRI tool.
Consultation and Collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature
We are working with the World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as the World Wildlife Fund in the U.S. and Canada, to help determine site-based contextual water targets, through a customized water basin and operational water risk analysis. These targets address site-specific concerns in relevant river basins—an extremely important approach given that water availability and risks are highly localized. Consulting with the WWF to adapt and deploy their modified Water Risk Filter (inclusive of the updated 2019 WRI Aqueduct data) is helping to identify relevant sites in regions with identified water risk. The relationship continues to evolve as we look to elevate water concerns across our diverse global enterprise.
Conserving Water in Taiwan
Our plant in Taichung, Taiwan, is making a difference by innovating their cleaning process by reusing rinse water from the plating line. By collecting and reducing the rinsing water used in central scrubbers, the plant is reducing water usage of 2,400 m3 (634,008 gallons) yearly. Additional water reduction projects at the plant bring the total water savings to twice that amount. Another project at this plant involves recovering hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide from the pure water system for reuse as raw materials in their wastewater treatment system.
Zero Waste to Landfill
More than 60 of our manufacturing and distribution sites have now achieved zero waste to landfill status, exceeding our original target of 50 sites by end of year 2019. Through management system enhancements, third-party support and assurance, together with sharing of best management practices, we have line of sight to hit our 2020 target of 70 sites.