In order to serve our customers and provide a sustainable future, we must first strengthen our own resiliency. 2020 was a year like no other for Xylem and all companies around the world, where the importance of a strong foundation combined with the ability to be agile and responsive to changing customer needs, proved critical.
Xylem’s 2025 Sustainability Goals for Operations and Safety
- 100 percent Renewable Energy at major facilities*
- 100 percent Process Water recycling at major facilities*
- Achieve zero waste to landfill from processes at major facilities*
- Reduce injury frequency rate** to an incident rate of 0.5 or below
- Develop 1.5°C science based targets for GHG reduction (Scope 1, 2, 3)
We are in the early stages of planning and investing in our facilities to further reduce overall energy and water consumption in order to reach our goals. We are making significant progress, from identifying our highest-emitting activities to engaging employees across our company to adopt a more energy-efficient mindset. We increased our percentage of recycled and reused water from 11.7 in 2019 to 16.4 in 2020.
In addition to responsible water use practices in our facilities, our commitment to watershed stewardship is reflected in our operations in water-stressed areas. Some of our facilities treat non-potable water without the use of chemicals to independently verified drinking water standards and continuous remote monitoring of the water quality allows us to adjust treatment as necessary. For example, our facility in Chihuahua, Mexico, located in a high-risk water-stressed region, uses Xylem products to enhance the quality of reused water in a pump washing water recirculation loop. In 2020, it was estimated that 98,000 gallons were reused on such processes.
In 2020, 80 percent of Xylem sites worldwide achieved zero injuries and/or illnesses. This is an achievement we are proud of as it is a clear marker of successful collaboration with team members to reduce risk and promote a positive safety culture. By tracking leading safety indicators, we hold sites accountable in order to continue to help drive down incident frequency.