WWT is committed to sustainability initiatives that address the daily impact our operations have on the environment.
With a focus on energy and waste reduction, water conservation and end-of-life product planning, we work to protect our planet while providing business value for our customers.
In addition to ensuring compliance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, we are committed to investing in resources that promote the reduction of any negative impacts our industry has on the environment, including pollution prevention and the continual improvement of our overall environmental performance.
We continually work to assess our operations to identify ways we can make a positive impact on the environment. Today, we are focused on:
WWT is committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030. We support the continued development and expansion of renewable energy sources and are a recognized EPA Green Power Partner.
Additional information regarding these efforts can be found in our annual report submitted to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Additional decisions and investments made to meet our energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction objective include:
DYK? In 2020, WWT purchased over 10,000 MWh of renewable wind energy, accounting for 20 percent of our electricity usage.
WWT has implemented cardboard, wood, plastics and single-stream recycling in our facilities worldwide and is committed to reducing solid waste that cannot be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
Solid Commercial Waste: WWT has established cardboard, wood, plastics and single-stream recycling in our facilities worldwide and is committed to reducing solid waste that cannot be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
Electronics or E-Waste: WWT repairs and reuses electronics internally when possible. When equipment reaches end of life, we use methods such as OEM take back/trade-in programs or environmentally sound disposal services to dispose of the equipment.
Hazardous Materials and Waste Though the handling of hazardous materials is not part of our normal operations, we take appropriate actions when needed to ensure hazardous materials are handled in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
DYK? The company experienced a slight increase in the amount of solid waste generation in 2018 and 2019 due to a series of operational expansions and moves but remains committed to reducing solid waste sent to landfill and strives for a 75 percent waste diversion goal by the year 2030.
Our business operations do not require a significant amount of water. Water use within WWT is primarily limited to cafeteria services, restrooms and landscaping. We measure water consumption annually and are continually investigating opportunities for more sustainable water usage, such as landscaping controls and water efficient plumbing fixtures.
WWT supports and participates in the following sustainability programs:
CDP is a not-for-profit charity running the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.
GRI is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption.
The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program of the Missouri Botanical Garden, delivers "Triple-Bottom" Line results (financial, social, and environmental) to businesses of all types and sizes across the St. Louis region.
The program helps Ameren Missouri maintain reliable and efficient power availability during periods of high demand, and compensates customers based on the amount of capacity they are able to remove from the grid when needed.