In Safe and Efficient Facilities

Xylem’s global footprint includes more than 50 major facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. At all of these locations, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) teams are putting sustainability-related processes and practices in place and employees are taking accountability for their actions in the key areas of environmental performance and workplace health and safety.

In 2015, we introduced a set of goals that gives us measurable targets to aim for and adds a sense of urgency to our Xylem-wide operational improvement efforts.

Using our 2014 metrics as a baseline, we have challenged ourselves to achieve the following Xylem-wide improvements:

  • 25% reduction in water use intensity by 2019
  • 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity by 2019
  • 20% reduction in waste to landfill per dollar of revenue by 2019
  • Reduce injury frequency rate to less than 0.5 and injury severity rate to less than 6.0 by 2017

In the year since we introduced these goals, we have generated encouraging results at the site and enterprise levels — and look for the rate and scale of our progress to increase as these goals are further integrated into our business strategy. Sustainability is an ongoing priority for us and we continue to challenge ourselves to do more.

Metrics:

Total Water Withdrawal Intensity
(mega-liters / annual revenues in millions USD)

Total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Intensity
(metric tons CO2e / annual revenues* in millions USD)

  • .1057
    2014
  • .1052
    2015
  • 19.12
    2014
  • 18.51
    2015

Total Waste to Landfill
(metric tons) Percentage of total waste sent to landfill per dollar of revenue

Workplace Safety

  • .00004243
    2014
  • .00002298
    2015
  • 1.5
    22.8
    2014
  • 1.2
    18.6
    2015

Injury Frequency Rate
Injury Severity

Metrics:

Total Water Withdrawal Intensity
(mega-liters / annual revenues in millions USD)

  • .1057
    2014
  • .1052
    2015

Total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Intensity
(metric tons CO2e / annual revenues* in millions USD)

  • 19.12
    2014
  • 18.51
    2015

Total Waste to Landfill
(metric tons) Percentage of total waste sent to landfill per dollar of revenue

  • .00004243
    2014
  • .00002298
    2015

Workplace Safety

  • 1.5
    22.8
    2014
  • 1.2
    18.6
    2015

Injury Frequency Rate
Injury Severity

Feature Stories

Productivity Meets Sustainability at Our Emmaboda Plant

Xylem’s largest manufacturing plant is located in Emmaboda, Sweden. Each year, this cutting-edge facility produces more than 150,000 Flygt brand submersible pumps and mixers, and in 2015 the site reached an historic milestone when it manufactured its 4 millionth Flygt wastewater pump.

Home to Europe’s most advanced foundry for casting complex geometric shapes, the plant encompasses the entire production flow — from molten metal to finished products. Today, our Flygt portfolio generates nearly 37 percent of Xylem’s total annual revenues, and more than two-thirds of these products are manufactured in Emmaboda.

While the Emmaboda facility is the epitome of a highly productive plant, the site never sacrifices sustainability to achieve its output goals. Given that there is a foundry on the premises, many plant visitors — and employees — are impressed and pleased by the indoor air quality. The reason it’s so clean? Environmentally friendly oils, paints and resins are used in the production process, and emissions from the foundry are carefully monitored.

Outside, we have created wetland ponds that use sedimentation and denitrification to clean storm water runoff from the facility. The water is treated to high quality levels so that it can maintain wetland habitat — providing breeding, feeding and nesting areas for local bird species, and a healthy environment for other fauna and flora populations sustained by the wetlands.

Most recently, management at Emmaboda embarked on a heat recovery project to reduce the plant’s energy use and carbon footprint. Six years ago, the site installed a high temperature borehole thermal energy storage (HT-BTES) system, consisting of 140 boreholes — each 150 meters deep and fitted with high-efficiency heat exchangers. Since then, the site has been channeling much of its excess heat — generated from the foundry, data center servers, testing areas and material-hardening processes — into the boreholes, where it charges and warms the bedrock, creating a stored heat reservoir that can be reused to warm the site in the winter months.

Emmaboda has an annual heat demand of approximately 11-13 million kilowatt hours (kWh), but with the use of the HT-BTES system, the amount purchased from district heat suppliers has been reduced to 3-4 million kWh. Put another away, the system has decreased the amount of purchased energy by approximately 75 percent.

By the end of 2015, Emmaboda had a “bank” of more than 13 million kWh of excess heat stored in the boreholes and waiting to be used in the most effective ways. When recovered, this amount of energy could heat the entire facility for approximately three years.

Going forward, Emmaboda expects the recycled heat to cover more than 90 percent of the facility’s heat demand — and the site will continue to pursue other sustainability projects that improve plant efficiency and productivity.