As a positive force for sustainable business, we continue to improve the environmental impacts of our operations related to greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation.
Being ECOSMARTTM means actively working toward cleaner water, curtailing waste and reducing our carbon footprint — goals we encourage all to share.
Across Europe, Stanley Black & Decker came together as a region to drive down our various impacts on the planet, focusing on water conservation, reducing emissions and getting people actively switching to more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.
In 2017, we participated for the first time in European Mobility Week, an annual Europe-wide awareness raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. The event raises awareness on the importance of preserving our environment, and the benefits that sustainable methods of transport bring to help us reach our ECOSMARTTM goal of reducing our 2020 carbon footprint by 20%.
More than 3,000 employees were reached with this campaign across 13 sites in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland and the UK. Local champions organized activities including testing out electric/hybrid vehicles, promoting public transportation, biking/running/walking to work, and taking the train or the bus instead of driving. Moreover, 11 proposals were submitted by our employees for permanent measures, resulting in the review of our European Car Policy, the creation of a Work from Home policy and the purchase of 10 e-bikes for shared use in five of our locations.
By 2030, we plan to be carbon positive in our operations on a global basis, meaning our carbon capture is greater than carbon emissions. We are setting science-based carbon reduction targets to guide our efforts, which may include minimizing on-site Scope 1 emissions (fossil fuels), purchasing renewable electricity for Scope 2 operations and generating renewable energy back into the grid.
We will develop and execute programs to meet reduction targets for Scope 3 emissions focused on transportation and distribution (upstream and downstream) by 2020, to be achieved by 2030. Transportation and distribution represents our second most significant carbon footprint category.
We recognize that becoming carbon positive alone does not make us a sustainable business, and that sustainability has far broader implications. Everywhere we work, we also look to conserve water resources and reduce our waste to zero.
We seek to use water sustainably wherever we do business. We are mapping water risks and setting context-based targets which address site-specific concerns in each river basin — important given that water availability and risks are highly localized.
We continue to work towards achieving zero waste to landfill, across our operations. A few of our facilities are already there. This goal applies to our daily direct operations (one-off construction and other events may be excluded). We encourage reuse and recycling in all instances.