Baker Hughes is committed to minimizing its environmental impact and continues to improve environmental performance through specific conservation projects.
We are proud to have ranked highly in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. We were the top-ranked company from the Oil Equipment and Services Providers category, placing 118 out of the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States, as well as globally.
Brightening our way
Good lighting is critical for safe and efficient work at our manufacturing sites, repair shops, and warehouses, and because lighting is one of our top energy consumers, it has been a consistent and long-term focus of our conservation efforts. During the past few years, Baker Hughes lighting projects have included widespread lamp replacements and LED lighting retrofits at locations in Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and the United States. These projects eliminated 4,646 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and provided USD 1.3 million in cost savings.
Reusing our resources
Local water management efforts focus on conservation, and best management practices have contributed to the gradual decline in the amount of water we have used since 2013. In Brazil, the installation of water treatment plants in five locations to reuse wash-bay water has conserved 7 million liters in just one year. Such conservation efforts are especially critical because of the increasing scarcity of freshwater supplies in Brazil.
Baker Hughes has signed contracts for recycling services for wood, cardboard, paper, plastics, chemical solvents, and several metals in many locations globally. In 2015, these partnerships eliminated about 18,000 tons of waste. Recycling volumes improved 120%, and our top recycled materials were solvents (33%), metals (30%), and containers (20%).