Location: Corporate-wide initiative
Issue: Reducing water use and carbon emissions across operations.
Organizations involved: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation recognizes the synergies between water efficiency, energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions. Over the past five years, they have conducted Structured Improvement Activities at their top energy consuming sites to identify opportunities and develop plans for achieving water and carbon emissions reductions. Their efforts focused on assessing the energy required to supply water in aging infrastructure and identifying opportunities for improvements.
Lockheed Martin achieved the target set out in their ‘Go Green’ program to reduce absolute water usage by 25% between 2010 and 2015 through increased efficiency, on-site water reuse, and best management practices at all facilities. The efforts resulted in savings in energy and water costs of US$28 million compared to 2010. More ambitious targets have already been set to reduce water usage further by 30% in 2020.
Lockheed Martin is also committed to improving clean energy technologies. In 2015, they announced that they will help advance the next generation of tidal energy by optimizing the design of new tidal turbines for the world’s largest tidal stream energy project, known as the MeyGen project. By the early 2020s, the MeyGen project aims to produce 398MW of offshore tidal energy to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid.