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 user 2005-10-20 at 11:16:00 am Views: 81
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    Xerox tracks progress toward sustainable operations, reports on environment, health and safety success
        ‘Waste-free products’ vision helps customers meet their environmental
        TORONTO, Oct.05 – Spotlighting the company’s environmentally-
    friendly product portfolio as well as its ongoing efforts to deliver “waste-
    free products from waste-free facilities”, Xerox Corporation today released
    its 2005 Environment, Health and Safety Progress Report, which details the
    year’s accomplishments, new initiatives and continuing challenges.
        “Sustainable operations is a demanding goal but one that will ultimately
    more than repay our efforts. We have demonstrated that you actually can save
    money by investing in environmentally sound technologies and business
    practices,” said Patricia A. Calkins, Xerox vice president of Environment,
    Health and Safety. “Sustainable strategies also ensure that Xerox products
    answer the environmental expectations of customers, from large federal
    agencies to small family-owned businesses.”
        Xerox’s environmental program embraces the entire product life cycle,
    from selecting raw materials to integrating product features that help people
    work wisely in small offices, large enterprises and commercial print
    operations worldwide. It includes sourcing paper from environmentally sound
    suppliers, designing equipment with parts and subsystems that can be reused,
    and eliminating hazardous substances in products.
        In addition, Xerox products are designed to help customers meet their own
    sustainability objectives. For example, equipment is energy-efficient and
    includes features for automatic two-sided printing to conserve paper. Toner
    cartridges and other supplies are designed for recycling. And Xerox-exclusive
    technologies such as solid ink generate 95 percent less consumables waste than
    comparable laser printers.
        Notable new products include the WorkCentre(R) C2424, Xerox’s first
    office colour multifunction system to bring customers the benefits of solid
    ink, and Xerox Nuvera(TM) digital production systems with innovative
    technologies that make machine components last longer and scan pages with low-
    power, mercury-free lamps. Xerox’s Premium Laser paper was among the papers
    redesigned to add 30 percent recycled content.
        Xerox is moving forward on a number of important goals, Calkins said,
    including Xerox’s pledge announced earlier this year to reduce absolute
    greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2002 to 2012, its program to
    achieve benchmark safety levels, and its initiative to further control
    chemicals used in Xerox products. Among the highlights in the report:

        -   Ninety-seven percent of eligible new Xerox products met the
            requirements of the international ENERGY STAR(R) and Canada’s
            Environmental Choice. By selling ENERGY STAR products and reusing
            parts in Xerox remanufacturing operations, the company enabled energy
            savings equivalent to 1.4 million megawatt hours of electricity in
            2004, enough to light about 1.1 million U.S. homes for a year.

        -   Improvements in energy efficiency enabled Xerox to reduce its
            greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 6 percent between 2002 and 2004,
            while energy consumption decreased by 3 percent.

        -   All new products achieved Xerox’s rigorous standards for minimal use
            of hazardous materials and noise, ozone and dust emissions.

        -   In 2005, the company launched its first office products – such as the
            WorkCentre M118/M118i basic multifunction systems – designed to meet
            the requirements of the European Union’s restriction on the use of
            hazardous substances, which takes effect in July 2006. Xerox
            engineers continue to innovate to ensure Xerox products meet the E.U.
            directive, called RoHS.

        -   Reuse and recycling of Xerox equipment and supplies in 2004 kept
            142 million pounds of material from entering landfills – the
            approximate weight of 8,600 African elephants. Over the past 15
            years, this program has given new life to the equivalent of
            2.5 million copiers, printers and multifunction systems.

        -   Ninety-six percent of returned parts ineligible for reuse were
            successfully recycled by Xerox’s worldwide equipment recovery and
            recycle operations.

        -   Xerox workplace injury rates are 54 percent lower than when the
            company’s Zero Injury program began in 1997, yet they fell short of
            Xerox’s goal of a 10 percent year-over-year reduction. The company
            has launched a Lean Six Sigma project to identify strategies to reach
            its goal.

        Xerox is committed to the protection of the environment and the health
    and safety of its employees, customers and neighbors. The company has received
    major environmental awards worldwide, and it has pioneered conservation and
    protective environmental policies well in advance of governmental regulations.
    As part of its legacy as a leader in corporate citizenship, Xerox recently
    joined the Business Roundtable’s new “S.E.E. Change” initiative, which calls
    for corporations to adopt or strengthen business strategies that support
    sustainable growth