President Obama has said that our environment is too important to neglect, and we at Siemens couldn’t agree more. In honor of Earth Day, we’d like to highlight how a broad spectrum of customers – municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial, and even residential – implement environmentally friendly measures, sometimes in the most unexpected places.
Our ongoing work with the National Park Service (NPS) is a good example. To help prepare for its second century of service, NPS contracted with Siemens to further its sustainability goals through an energy savings performance contract that will include implementing energy and water conservation measures at 13 national parks in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The measures will make these iconic monuments, historic battlefields, and other national landmarks more environmentally sustainable and save taxpayer dollars – all while maintaining important historic character and visitor services. Resource conservation measures at the National Mall and Memorial Park will save more than 2.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually and almost 51 million gallons per year of water! Find out how much the 13 parks are saving altogether.
Siemens was awarded a $24 million energy savings performance contract to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers save power and water at no cost to taxpayers at a military helicopter maintenance facility in Texas. Siemens is leading installation of energy-efficient systems at the Corpus Christi Army Depot in efforts to help meet White House goals on energy and water savings. We are also proud to have constructed the Federal Government’s largest wind farm at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s plant in Pantex, Texas. Five wind turbines located on 1,500 acres of government–owned land generate 65 percent of the plant’s energy needs and 47 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 35,000 metric tons.
Retailers are also becoming increasingly aware of their energy usage and carbon footprint. Grocer ALDI, for instance,is using cloud-based energy management technology from Siemens to monitor and control energy usage across its nearly 1,500 U.S. stores. This will help reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 29,000 metric tons per year, which is equal to removing 6,100 cars from the road annually or of providing electricity for 4,000 homes per year.
As with our customers, Siemens is also interested in meeting our environmental and sustainability goals. Last year, our company committed to cutting our carbon emissions in half by 2020 – and making our global operations carbon neutral by 2030.
Individual business campuses within the company are doing their part, as well. For instance, the Building Technologies Division’s North American headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., which includes office space and an assembly plant, has decreased its total emissions output by 23% and reduced its total building energy usage by 12% since 2014. Likewise, the rail-manufacturing plant in Sacramento receives more than 80 percent of its energy from a 2 megawatt photovoltaic solar installation on the building’s roof. The solar units reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide emissions by almost 1,500 tons annually.
Over the next three years, Siemens will invest more than $110 million in energy efficiency improvements at offices and factories across the country to help meet its carbon emissions reduction goal.