Caterpillar Inc.

Circular Flow of Materials

Reman and Rebuild programs reduce waste and minimize need for raw materials for new parts

Caterpillar encourages sustainable business practices through our remanufacturing and rebuild businesses. This starts with durable products, many designed to be rebuilt multiple times. Through our reman and rebuild programs, components and machines are overhauled, rather than completely replaced. Reuse of parts reduces waste and minimizes the need for the raw materials necessary to produce new parts. This system is where Caterpillar is making some of its greatest contributions to sustainable development — keeping nonrenewable resources in circulation for multiple life cycles.

Customer Safety

Caterpillar's safety culture extends beyond our internal operations

Caterpillar’s safety culture extends beyond our internal operations to include the safe operation of our products in the field, as well as the safety and health of all individuals who come into contact with Cat® products. This commitment encompasses the design and engineering of our products and extends to operator training and certification, solutions for the job site and the tools and resources to improve the workplace culture — all of which are coordinated through Caterpillar Safety Services.

Waste Minimization

Reducing utilization of materials, energy, water and land

Improving the efficiency of our products, processes, services and solutions not only reduces costs, but also reduces our utilization of materials, energy, water and land. Beginning in 2013, we transitioned from a focus on percent recycled to a goal focused on reduction of all by-product materials, or minimization of waste.

Managing Water

Water conservation strategies in our operations

Today, water scarcity affects around 700 million people, and current trends indicate the problem will escalate. By 2025, water security could be an issue for two-thirds of the world’s population. We continue to implement conservation strategies that reduce water use in our operations, explore water-treatment technologies, introduce water-recycling processes at new and existing facilities and train employees about water resources to raise their awareness of the issue. 

Progress in Energy Reductions

Caterpillar's energy intensity down 28%, electrical energy use is 27.4% renewable or alternative

As part of an ambitious waste and energy-efficiency project, Advanced Components & Systems Division — Joliet Hydraulics, converted the process steam system to electric, ordered a compressed air leak inspection and implemented a regular audit and communication process. The project began in January 2014 and yielded cost savings of about $212,000 by the end of the year, with nearly 2.4 million kWh and over 1,600 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided. Natural gas savings in the same period were about $41,500, with 320 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided.

Operating in a Carbon-Constrained World

Caterpillar's climate policies

Caterpillar supports integrated carbon and climate policies that are both environmentally effective and economically sustainable. We understand that the most immediate and measureable benefits will occur through energy-efficiency improvements and corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.

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Energy Access and Caterpillar

Energy is a requirement for sustainable progress and development

Energy is a key requirement for sustainable progress and development around the world. As a global energy consumer and industrial manufacturer, and a major manufacturer of energy conversion and power-generation products, Caterpillar has a fundamental interest in, and understanding of, energy needs.

Improved Ergonomics

Reducing employee and customer ergonomic risk

In 2008, Caterpillar launched a global risk assessment initiative, focused on safety and ergonomic risk, which has resulted in the reduction of thousands of work elements that, using our standard, were considered high risk to medium or low risk, further driving the reduction in ergonomic and other injuries. Initiatives at many of our locations continue to drive our safety results. Employees at the Material Handling and Underground Division facility in East Peoria and the Work Tools Division facility in Jacksonville have recently implemented projects.

Caterpillar Safety Dedication

Safely home. Everyone. Every day.™

We are dedicated to the safety of everyone at Caterpillar, including our extended team: contractors, dealers, suppliers and customers. Our commitment to safety begins with the engineering of our products and manufacturing processes, and extends to operator training, job site solutions and the workplace cultures that guide the way we work.

Caterpillar Sustainability Principles

Three principles drive Caterpillar's commitment to sustainable progress

In 2012, Caterpillar launched three sustainability principles used to drive our commitment to make sustainable progress possible – preventing waste, improving quality and developing better systems.

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