ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 23 --
Eastman Kodak Company today reported it has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 50%, exceeding one of its Sustainability Goals a year ahead of schedule. Since the baseline year of 2002, Kodak has achieved a GHG reduction of more than 1.5 million tons, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.
Kodak also reports progress today on its goal to improve the environmental attributes of its products. Using life cycle assessment-based tools and beyond compliance product standards, Kodak has enhanced the environmental profile of a number of products, including these for the graphics industry:
- The KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate, which completely eliminates processing equipment and chemistry, offering streamlined platemaking with a reduced environmental footprint,
- The KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System, which introduces innovative, energy efficient, high-power direct laser engraving for flexographic sleeve production; and,
- The KODAK COLORFLOW Software and Ink Optimization Solution, which saves up to 30% in ink, more than all leading competitors.*
Each of these products will be shown at drupa 2012 in the Kodak stand (Hall 5, F09-1) and will carry the Kodak Cares green and yellow leaf logo to highlight its unique environmental attribute.
Kodak’s Sustainability Goals are the latest in a series of voluntary environmental and sustainability focused goals dating back to 1998. The current goals set progress expectations in the categories of social, product, and operational responsibility. Additional highlights through 2011 include:
- Recycling, reusing, or refurbishing 63 million pounds of material over three years through the U.S.-based KODAK Printer’s EnviroServices Program,
- Improving customer access to equipment end-of-life management options with the launch of four new product recycling programs,
- Decreasing Kodak’s occupational injury rate by 72%, surpassing the goal for a 70% reduction, and,
- Reducing water usage by 11% in the last three years.
“We recognize that our customers not only want to know how we are performing on sustainability, but also how we can help them to be better stewards themselves,” said Charles Ruffing, Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability. “Our voluntary, public goal setting process has been very effective over the last decade plus in guiding us towards meeting both these expectations.”
Kodak was recently named to the Reputation Institute’s Top 50 ranking of Most Reputable Companies in the U.S. This recognition joins the other acknowledgements Kodak has received in the last year, including being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Newsweek’s Green List, as well as having received Platinum status from The Climate Registry, a leading authority on GHG emissions reporting.
A full report on Kodak’s progress on its current Sustainability Goals, as well as more information on Kodak’s Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability performance, policies and procedures is available at www.kodak.com/go/sustainability.
*Based on 2010 Ink Optimization Roundup Evaluation, IDEAlliance+ IPA
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