May 20, 2022: Lead and lithium battery producer EnerSys launched its inaugural sustainability report on April 29 — with a pledge to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint and create an “inclusive and empowering workplace for all employees”.
The 2021 Sustainability Report highlights how EnerSys batteries, chargers and monitoring services are helping customers reduce carbon emissions and boost the use of renewable energy.
EnerSys said 2021 was pivotal for the firm’s operations as a sustainability industrial technology company during a year of “unprecedented challenges and unique opportunities”.
The company also joined the United Nations Global Compact — which sets out 10 ‘universal principles’ on human rights, labour, the environment and more. Enersys also joined the US Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program, under which it is committed to reducing the firm’s energy intensity by 25% over the next 10 years from a calendar year 2020 baseline.
‘Energy storage vital’
EnerSys also signed on to the UN’s CEO Water Mandate initiative to reduce global water stress and the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, through which company president and CEO David Shaffer (pictured) has pledged to expand diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Shaffer said in the report: “Batteries of all chemistries will be a key component to decarbonization globally. Energy storage is vital to the global energy transition and the expansion of intermittent renewable power sources like wind and solar.
“While our products and services are critical to the low carbon transition, as important is our role in reducing the impact of our manufacturing and distribution processes. EnerSys is a better company because of our sustainability initiatives.”