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 user 2008-11-12 at 3:17:33 pm Views: 50
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    Xerox Details Its Environmental Ups and Downs
    November  2008 Between 2006 and 2007, Xerox cut its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but also increased it water use and produced a smaller percentage of Energy Star products.Xerox lays out its environmental performance for 2007, compared both to 2006 results and its long-term goals, in its 2008 global citizenship report.While the company cut energy consumption 2 percent when compared to 2006, it also increased water use 2 percent due to increased production, warmer weather (more water used in air conditioning) and one-time operational demands.Xerox also brought itself closer to its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent between 2002 and 2012. Its original goal was to cut emissions 10 percent in that time period, but upped the goal after hitting 10 percent by 2006. By the end of 2007, Xerox cut its emissions 21 percent compared to 2002.

    All of the products Xerox produced in 2006 that were Energy Star-eligible received that rating, but only 80 percent of its eligible products in 2007 got the rating. That was due, Xerox said, to changes in the Energy Star specifications, and the company plans to have 90 percent of its eligible products meet the new specs by 2010.Xerox has also taken up a number of initiatives with far-reaching implications for its supply chain, from reducing raw materials, energy use and waste to increasing reuse and recycling.

    Through its Xerox Green World Alliance program with customers, Xerox took back 1.9 million ink cartridges and toner containers to be recycled in 2007 and processed 1.2 million pounds of postconsumer waste toner for reuse.Xerox has been designing products more with reuse in mind, creating machines with fewer parts that can be disassembled easily. Equipment that is returned to Xerox can be rebuilt to as-new performance specifications reusing 70-90 percent of its components by weight.

    The company is also designing products whose parts can be interchanged, using core components and modular designs, so that machines can either be rebuilt as the same model, rebuilt as a new model or used for parts. Products that are being designed based on previous models may have 60 percent of its parts by weight in common with previous equipment.The company’s citizenship report also covers what Xerox has been doing in terms of customer needs, employees, diversity, worker injuries, Xerox Foundation giving and community involvement.