A leading global provider of power quality and management solutions, Eaton Power Quality, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Corporation, today announced having achieved excellent results in its environmental programme launched two years ago at Helsinki Plant Operations, Finland.
The company reduced water and energy consumption by over one-third, and doubled the recycling of waste. Significant reductions in the use of energy and water were made possible by the unique UPS technology taken into use by Eaton in 2004.
The improvements are based primarily on Eatons best-of-breed UPS technology. One of the features in testing UPS is that the system allows electricity from the mains current to be fed back into the mains following power loading. This is a unique feature worldwide. It means that several hours lasting testing only consumes electricity equal to the efficiency of the device, said Pekka Antikainen, Plant Manager, Eaton Power Quality.
Two years ago Eaton Power Quality set the targets of reducing the quantity of mixed waste, reducing the consumption of energy and water in production, influencing the environmental programmes of suppliers, and raising the level of environmental awareness among its staff. The targets are in accordance with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard that the company achieved already three years ago.
The programme resulted a 34 percent reduction in energy consumption in 2005; the total reduction over the past two years has been 42 percent. In 2005 water consumption in production was reduced by 35 percent compared to the previous year and by one-half over the past two years. The current years target is a further 10 percent reduction in the consumption of water and energy.
Furthermore, in 2005 there was a 42 percent year-over-year reduction in the quantity of mixed waste, and the total reduction over the past two years has been 79 percent. In 2005 waste sent to a landfill made up 11 percent of the total waste, which means that 89 percent of waste was recycled. Before the start of the programme, 40 percent of waste was recycled. The target for 2005 is to reduce the quantity of mixed waste by seven percent, in proportion to the output volume of the factorys equipment.
The number of Eaton Power Qualitys key suppliers with environmental certificates has increased by over 20 percent annually, and currently over half of the company's key suppliers have certified environmental systems.
In the electrical industry, Eaton is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power supply and industrial automation products and services. Through advanced product development, world-class manufacturing methods, and global engineering services and support, Eatons electrical business provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Powerware, Cutler-Hammer, Durant, Heinemann, Holec and MEM, which globally serve the changing needs of the industrial, utility, light commercial, residential, IT and OEM markets. For more information, visit www.eatonelectrical.com.
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