Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., reported it has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 50 percent, 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 percent in ink, more than all leading competitors.
Kodak’s Sustainability Goals are the latest in a series of voluntary environmental and sustainability focused goals dating back to 1998. 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 percent, surpassing the goal for a 70 percent reduction, and;
- Reducing water usage by 11 percent in the last three years.