May 19, 2023: Lead and lithium battery producer EnerSys said on May 16 the company was making substantial progress in its drive to reduce operational carbon emissions.
The company pledged in an inaugural sustainability report published in April 2022 to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint.
Now EnerSys has released its 2022 sustainability update, with highlights including a “decoupling of production from energy consumption” — which the company says means it is consuming fewer resources while producing more energy systems and batteries.
In its latest report, EnerSys says it has reduced global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4% over 2021 levels.
Scope 1 emissions (direct GHG emissions such as those made while running boilers and vehicles) are down nearly 8% over 2021.
Scope 2 emissions (indirect emissions such as from electricity bought) decreased by nearly 4% over 2021.
EnerSys said its use of water in the manufacturing process use decreased by 1.4% compared to usage in 2021.
In 2022, the company said it saved a year’s worth of drinking water required for a city of over 12,000 people.
Meanwhile, female representation in leadership increased from 9% to 13% between 2021 and 2022, the company said.
Senior director of global sustainability Samuel Shiroff said: “While improving efficiency has always been central to what we do, a little over 30 months into our formal ESG efforts we are starting to see the results of our strategy.”
Last February, EnerSys announced it had been included in Newsweek’s list of America’s 500 most responsible companies for 2023.