Amphenol is acting to reduce our operational energy use and minimize our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the application of lean production processes and capital investments in energy-saving equipment. Our efforts in these areas have allowed us to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and our GHG emissions intensity. Our goal is to continue to reduce our GHG emissions intensity over the coming years through the development of new reduction strategies and actions throughout the company. We also plan to report on our Scope 3 GHG emissions in the coming years.
The use of renewable energy is an important part of our GHG emissions reduction strategy. Over the past few years, we have improved the monitoring of renewables in our energy consumption in order to better understand the opportunities we have to increase our sustainable energy use. The renewable electricity portion of our total energy purchased is up to 5% and we plan to increase this percentage over time. Along with the continued monitoring of renewables in our purchased electricity, we also plan to increase our on-site production of energy fueled by renewables.+ Read about how we are taking action
To reduce energy consumption, our Amphenol FTG facility installed a green roof. The plants on this green roof collect rainwater, which helps to control the building temperature, reducing the need for air conditioning. In addition to its energy reduction benefits, the green roof provides aesthetic enhancements to the building and surrounding space.
Our facilities have also reduced their electricity usage by replacing old fluorescent lighting with more energy-efficient LED fixtures. As one example, our Amphenol Procom facilities in Frederikssund, Denmark and Wellingborough, U.K., replaced their existing lighting with LED fixtures, resulting in a 55% reduction in annual electricity consumption in Denmark and a 21% reduction in electricity costs in the U.K.
In 2019, our Amphenol Interconnect and Sensor Systems facility in Pyeongtaek-si, South Korea developed a procedure to extract hot water from its production processes to help moderate temperature in the facility boiler. The optimization not only saved on water use, but also reduced the GHG emissions of the facility by 1.2 metric tons CO2 equivalent. This was achieved through optimizing hot process water flows and redirecting them to a boiler to warm and control the temperature of the shop floor.
Amphenol strives to be a responsible water user in the communities in which we operate. We are committed to actively pursuing and investing in water optimization projects across our facilities and we work to educate our employees on water conservation practices. As a result of these efforts, we have been able to reduce our normalized water withdrawal throughout our facilities.
A critical component of our efforts has been the development of innovative and efficient wastewater treatment strategies to reuse and recycle our process water and to ensure our discharge meets applicable standards. In 2019, we began tracking our freshwater usage throughout our facilities and we will use this data to better assess our global water risk and identify our highest risk facilities.+ Read about how we are taking action
In 2019, our Amphenol Interconnect India facilities in Pune and Bangalore, India installed new Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) wastewater treatment systems, which utilize a combination of in-line processes to purify and recycle wastewater so that it can be reused by the facility. The ZLD systems resulted in the complete elimination of process wastewater discharge at the sites, a significant achievement in this water scarce region.
Employees at our GASF facility in Guangzhou, China, introduced a new high-temperature wastewater treatment process which led to a 70% reduction in wastewater sent off-site for treatment. This process not only led to a reduction in wastewater volume, which drove down costs, but also decreased truck traffic to an off-site treatment facility, reducing the environmental footprint of the transport activities. The facility also implemented a new system to reduce overall water usage in tandem with these wastewater treatment improvements resulting in a 30% reduction in water use in 2019 compared to the previous year.
Efficiency and waste minimization are inherent to our operational management culture and we continue to enhance our waste tracking processes. One way we reduce waste in our operations is by increasing our recycling efforts throughout the Company, with some actions including utilizing recycled packaging for connectors, regrinding thermoplastics as appropriate to supplement virgin material feedstocks and developing new methods to help support the beneficial reuse of our production waste materials. We are proud that across our operations nearly 60% of our total waste is either recycled or used for energy generation. As we enhance efficiencies in our production processes, we will continue to search for new ways to recycle and minimize our material use to yield further reductions in our waste production and deliver more sustainable products to our customers.+ Read about how we are taking action
At our Amphenol Broadband Solutions facility in Campinas, Brazil, our team has taken a number of actions to reduce its environmental footprint. These include increasing the collection points for recycled waste throughout the facility, increasing training on proper recycling, withdrawing plastic cups in favor of reusable bottles and recycling organic waste from the facility’s canteen. The facility has also worked with its supplier of shrink film to develop a reverse logistics strategy that returns the film cores back to the supplier so that they can be reused instead of disposed of as waste.
The business processes at our SV Microwave facility in Florida, U.S., have historically been paper intensive due to the complexity of the products and traceability requirements. One of the biggest culprits of paper usage has been paperwork related to a finished product, which typically results in a folder with at least 50 pages of paper. By moving to a database system, the facility was able to reduce its paper usage per product from 50 pages to just a few. These and other similar actions taken around Amphenol help toward our overall goal of reducing our global impact.