19 energy reduction projects are underway as Rockwell Automation pursues carbon neutrality
Rockwell Automation – Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) achieved more than 4,500 metric tons of CO2 reduction in the fiscal year 2021 through 10 energy efficiency projects. With this progress, the company will save enough energy to power more than 600 homes while saving over 1,000 cars off the road. This will push the company closer to the goal of being emission-free by 2030 for Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect).
According to Majo Thurman, director of Environment, Health & Safety at Rockwell, the company is working on best practices and new ways to reduce energy use. The Katowice manufacturing plant also upgraded to LED lighting on its production floor as part of Rockwell’s multi-year renewable energy program in Europe with TauronPolskaEnergia.
To eliminate the greenhouse warming effect during the summer at Rockwell’s Milton Keynes facility and to improve cooling and heating efficiency, it installed heat reflective films around two of the facilities’ buildings. A Rockwell warehouse in Bletchley was upgraded and equipped with additional heaters and boilers, and heat screens were installed in order to reduce radiant heat transfer.
It also completed lighting upgrades at Rockwell’s Mayfield Heights, Ohio site as well as in Sahibabad, India, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the equipment removed, replaced, and optimized were transformers and air compressors.
In addition to getting LEED Gold certification for Rockwell’s newly relocated China headquarters office in Shanghai, nine other energy conservation projects are underway to further reduce 2,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most widely used green building rating systems throughout the world. In Harbin, China, Rockwell is replacing an outside wall with a thicker, lower temperature transfer wall.
Finally, additional lighting, HVAC, and other equipment upgrades are being performed at the company’s Katowice, Poland, as well as Mayfield Heights and Twinsburg, Ohio facilities. In the future, Rockwell hopes to pursue steam recovery as a source of heat through a dozen projects.
Electricity used to light, heat, and cool Rockwell buildings is a major source of indirect Scope 2 emissions generated by utilities.
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