Lexmark is committed to operating responsibly, which includes tracking, reporting and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In 2015, we established a new baseline for business alignment and changes to the reporting boundary, setting a goal for the reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions. We are continuing to see great progress in lowering emissions in our operations as our employees find new and often innovative ways to avoid emissions in every day processes in all of the scopes reported. The separation of our Scope 3 emissions from Scopes 1 and 2 will allow us to expand our Scope 3 reporting and set goals to capture reduction efforts in our value chain.
We are conscious of the impact business travel can have on the environment. At Lexmark we have collaborated with our vehicle provider and travel partner to calculate miles traveled with Lexmark-owned, -leased, and -rented vehicles. Air travel is also tracked through our travel partner, which has considerably expanded its scope of reporting.
We provide our employees lower-impact, real-time alternatives such as conference calls, Web-based meetings and videoconferencing to help avoid unnecessary travel. We have invested in audiovisual equipment in many conference locations to provide better communication through Web-based services. Employees are also encouraged to combine business trips and use public transportation rather than taxis and rental cars.
Lexmark recognizes that fuel used in our employees’ daily commute generates GHG emissions and therefore offers the following programs and/or benefits to help encourage environmentally-preferable commuting:
Lexmark employees often take the lead in helping promote environmentally-preferable commuting. Lexmark employees at several locations participate in carpools. For locations where public or community programs are available, employees often take part, such as the Kansas City RideShare program operated by Mid-America Regional Council.
After seeing billboards advertising South Florida Vanpools, a publicly funded program started in 1998 by the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, employees in Coral Gables, Florida, organized a meeting to start a vanpool. Two vanpools (or “guaguas” as the participants refer to them) are currently operating for commute to the Coral Gables office from Broward County. Together the vanpools save over 500 miles per day. In 2016, the use of vanpools avoided an estimated 65.1 metric tons of CO21. In addition, employees expressed that the vanpools offer other benefits, such as adherence to a schedule which promotes good work-life balance and the opportunity for members to keep up-to-date on strategies, projects and personal interests in a fun and relaxed environment.
Physical shipping of products worldwide and product handling and storage in distribution centers are a necessary part of Lexmark business. We have taken measures to lessen the environmental impacts associated with these activities, which includes working with environmentally progressive partners who apply innovative ideas, best practices and new technologies to their transportation and logistics processes. Lexmark is working to quantitatively report the impact of product logistics.
Lexmark continued to make progress in the shift to regional manufacturing. We are on target to increase the number of cartridges manufactured in the region of consumption from 50 to 80 percent by 2017, reaching 78 percent worldwide in 2016. Regional manufacturing improves supply chain efficiency and helps Lexmark respond more quickly to customer needs. It also benefits the environment by reducing GHG emissions and providing jobs for people in the regions where our cartridges are used most. Regional manufacturing in Poland provides an example of avoided emissions. In 2016, sourcing in geography eliminated the need to ship an estimated 682 air and ocean cargo containers from Hong Kong, China, to Europe, which would have generated approximately 1,267 metric tons of greenhouse gas2.
Supply Chain Innovation Award
Brad Fruth, Lexmark Worldwide Customs and Compliance Manager, received the Supply Chain Innovation Award from the University of Kentucky for Lexmark’s Inbound Container Optimization project.
Lexmark targets and achieves 95 percent intermodal use inbound in the U.S.
We test our products throughout their lifecycle to ensure high quality. Realizing the impact of paper use on the environment, we are working to lessen this impact in our print testing. One way we minimize pages is to use files from local community organizations for print testing, providing a use for the printed test page and a cost benefit to the organization. Recently, we initiated “paperless print” for some testing applications, which allows us to test certain features of our product without actually printing the page. This method of print testing helped us save over 700 trees in 2016 and avoid over 77,000 kg of CO2.
The service team at Lexmark proactively identifies issues with devices under contract, often providing a fix before a service intervention is required. If a call is made to our technical service center, priority is placed on resolving the problem via phone versus dispatching a technician. In addition to helping maintain customer satisfaction, our focus on “remote fix” helps reduce the number of miles traveled by our service teams, thus reducing GHG emissions.
Model shop employees purchased a SmartSkim product in 2016 to recycle the coolant used in the tooling area. This relatively inexpensive purchase has quickly provided a return on investment, allowing the coolant to be replaced once annually versus quarterly, in addition to the environmental benefits of using and disposing of less coolant.
1 CO2 emission factor for passenger cars: https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle-0
2 Based on the carbon calculator at http://sustainability.log-net.com/.
2016 Remote fix by the numbers
Actual gasoline used (gallons)
Actual carbon emissions (kg)
Total gas saved (gallons)
Total CO2 emissions avoided (kg)