Between now and 2020, Xylem pledges to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity from Xylem facilities by 20% by 2020 compared to the company's 2014 baseline; 
  • Cut waste sent to landfill by 20% by 2020 compared to Xylem's 2014 baseline;
  • Lower Xylem’s water use by 25% by 2020 compared to its 2014 baseline;
  • Invest in energy-efficiency retrofits – such as energy-efficient equipment – for the company's manufacturing facilities.
  • Continue investments in R&D to develop water technologies that are energy-efficient, reliable and help customers build climate resilience;
  • Introduce new products such as highly-efficient water technologies, pumps and treatment solutions that use less energy and reduce lifecycle costs, including integration of renewable energy into key water technologies;
  • Continue investing in development of low-cost water technologies for communities in developing economies;
  • Develop and promote research focused on understanding how the water sector can support climate change monitoring, mitigation and adaptation;
  • Continue advocating for private sector action in curbing climate change through partnering with organizations such as the Stockholm International Water Institute, Carbon Disclosure Project, CERES, and the UN Global Compact.
 
“The connection between climate and our shared water resources cannot be ignored,” said Patrick Decker, Xylem president and CEO.
 
“As a leader in the water technology industry, we view climate change as a vital opportunity to create value for all stakeholders and we are proud to join this important pledge. Through our energy efficient technologies that help mitigate the effects of climate change in water infrastructure, we help customers and partners around the globe to reduce emissions. We are also helping communities to adapt to climate change with solutions that increase resilience to droughts and floods, making them more water-secure. By promoting sustainable solutions, we will continue to meet our customers’ needs while also advancing socially responsible business practices as a citizen of the global community,” said Decker.