Xerox will join the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of business and environmental leaders working together to protect the climate and spur legislation and regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“It makes sense for us to be the first high-tech company to join USCAP, where we can help set goals, priorities and policies that align industries and the government. Honoring our obligation to the world around us has been, and will always be, the way we do business,” said Ursula M. Burns, Xerox president.
Xerox supports the partnership’s approach to climate change and its principles, which champion fairness and accountability, technology and innovation and environmental effectiveness. The partnership also pledges to create economic opportunity and advantages and to reward early adopters. As part of USCAP, Xerox will continue to support the goal of energy conservation in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2005, Xerox pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations company wide by 10 percent by 2012. Xerox developed emulsion aggregation (EA) technology or chemical toner, which requires about 25 percent less energy to produce than conventional toner.
Xerox is changing its manufacturing of conventional toners, yielding an estimated 15 percent to 25 percent reduction in energy demand per pound of toner. The company will save more than 30 million kilowatt hours by 2008 – enough power to light more than 24,000 U.S. households for a year.
Some Xerox facilities save energy through “free” cooling. In winter months, the facilities cool process water by running it through outdoor pipes instead of using energy-consuming industrial air conditioners.
Several Xerox sites including those in the United Kingdom and the U.S. are purchasing “green power,” reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 6,000 metric tons.
Earlier this year, Xerox announced that more than 50 percent of its product offerings had met the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rigorous new ENERGY STAR requirements that went into effect on April 1.
The partnership represents Xerox’s continuing commitment to sustainability. In 2006, Xerox pledged $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to advance sustainable forestry practices. The objective is to develop science-based tools, practices and systems that the paper industry can draw upon to better understand and manage ecologically important forest land.