Sustaining our world: greenhouse gas and energy management
Sustainable and profitable growth is one of the goals that support Rockwell Collins' vision. In the early 2000s, an Energy Committee began to identify energy savings related to materials, equipment and facility renovations. Today, our Facilities Management and ES&H Teams work together to lead the company in reducing our carbon footprint globally and lowering operating costs by actively managing and reducing energy usage.
In 2009, we established a baseline, set a target of 15 percent greenhouse gas reduction over five years and implemented the following strategies to enhance the already existing sustainable buildings and construction program:
In FY'16, we exceeded our 15 percent greenhouse gas reduction five year goal with a 26 percent reduction from FY'09 baseline.
Sustainable buildings and construction
Sustainability is an important element of new construction and building renovations for Rockwell Collins. In the case of new construction, we seek to collaborate with our regional energy partner during the design process to consider energy modeling as a tool for an integrated life cycle approach. During the design and building process, we use a sustainable construction approach – guided by a design builder and our own experiences with Green Building construction - to maximize short- and long-term efficiences.
Workplace design strategy
Our workplace strategy is to update our facilities with innovative design and energy efficiencies. Called Workplace Effectiveness, this initiative will enable our employees to better use our facilities while also reducing energy waste.
At Rockwell Collins, our employees have a tremendous work ethic; we are all driven by a desire to do things better. Workplace Effectiveness will facilitate that desire through a wide variety of work spaces.
The Workplace Effectiveness design approach will:
With the average age of existing Rockwell Collins facilities at 43 years, the older structures are identified as significant contributors to energy waste. In order to reduce waste and enable employees to more effectively use our facilities, Rockwell Collins has committed to increasing our building renovation rate by a factor of four and will target renovation of 80,000 square feet of building space per year.
We are planning and integrating our mechanical and electrical infrastructure projects in parallel to our workplace renovations. These efforts allow us to make large gains in energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. Each subsequent renovation project will utilize current technologies to control our lighting and HVAC usage.
Our overall goal is to provide a work environment where our employees can best meet the needs of our customers. The redesigned work space will fuel our innovative spirit while containing our energy waste.