Eaton’s Electrical Plant in Shenzhen Honored for Reducing Waste and GHG Emissions through Zero Waste-to-Landfill Program

Date: 2014/9/01

Shanghai … Power management company Eaton in 2013 reduced its landfilled wastes by about 18 percent, or 4,900 metric tons, as part of a global zero waste-to-landfill program. During World Environment Month, Eaton is honoring its Electrical facility in Shenzhen as one of 39 company sites that have achieved this milestone by nearly eliminating all wastes sent to landfills through recycling, re-use, new work processes and other means. 
Eaton is encouraging its manufacturing sites to achieve zero waste-to-landfill as part of its waste management program and also as a means to reduce the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas and potential contributor to global warming. Together, the 39 sites have eliminated 2,500 metric tons of CO2, which is released during the transportation and storage of landfilled wastes.
“Waste reduction is environmentally responsible and the right thing to do for our facility and our community,” said Bill Xu, plant manager. “Doing what’s right for the environment is part of our culture of doing business right.”
The 660 employees working at the facility produce DC/AC PDU, AC Inverter, DC system and PCBA.
Eaton defines “zero waste-to-landfill” as consistently achieving a landfill waste diversion rate of 98 percent through either reuse, composting, recycling, or incineration – but only if the heat generated by incineration is collected and used in order to create more energy than was required for the incineration process. Eaton zero-waste sites undergo an intensive audit process that includes verifying that at least 98 percent of a site's waste is diverted consistently for three months.
The facility’s waste reduction program began in 2010.  A plan was developed that called for landfilled materials such as metal scrap, cardboard, pallets, plastic, general office trash and other wastes to be recycled, reused, converted to energy or eliminated from work processes. Employee training was another major plan component. 
“With help from Eaton’s Corporate Environment, Health and Safety staff, our facility was able to integrate new work processes and awareness training into existing Eaton business processes,” said Winnie Wu, facility EHS manager. “And with Eaton’s focus on doing business right, it didn’t take long for a culture of sustainability to develop among our employees.”
“Projects such as zero waste-to-landfill help deliver the environmental performance that reflect Eaton’s commitment to be a leader in sustainable business practices,” said Harold Jones, Eaton’s senior vice president for Environment, Health and Safety. “And, we are striving to get better. Eaton has pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 25 percent, indexed to sales, by 2015. It all starts with our employees generating the ideas and enthusiasm to help Eaton do business right.”
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit