Kohler Charts Sustainability Progress

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Kohler – which is known in the U.S. for its kitchen and bath plumbing products but also operates a diversified global portfolio – has released its first public sustainability and stewardship report. The report highlights the company’s efforts to achieve its Net Zero goal set for 2035.

The news is good: data shows that the company has managed to reduce its composite footprint index by 4.5 percent, covering carbon emissions, water use and waste that ends in landfills. GHG emissions fell by 2.8 percent, against a target of 3 percent.

Another highlight is a measured reduction in water intensity of eight percent compared with 2015, thanks to various water conservation projects, especially in the company’s Kitchen & Bath operations in Nanchang, China, which has introduced stringent controls.

Water is a key issue for Kohler, not surprisingly for a company in the plumbing business. Kohler distributed more than 15,000 water filters to people in more than 11 countries since it kicked off the initiative on World Water Day in 2016.

Also, the EPA WaterSense program recognized Kohler for the ninth year in a row for its progress on water efficiency. This requires more than just technology, but also cultural changes on both an internal and external level, says Kohler.

Its products carrying the WaterSense label have saved more than 140 billion gallons of water, which translates into US$2.3 billion in savings related to water, sewer and energy costs in the U.S.

The company also credits partnerships with other organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment for its achievements and sustainability advances in its own operations as well as in its partners’.

Download the full report here.

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