Reducing waste and promoting recycling
Using resources wisely is a key part of our management system and our operating strategy. We strive to reduce our volume of waste and increase the recycling of materials. We also repurpose or recycle our electronics broadly across our global operations.
By sharing digital reports of slow moving inventory across our global manufacturing and service community we are able to utilize parts more efficiently, reduce inventory volumes, and avoid disposal of materials.
Increasing the use of recycled materials and designing equipment with end-of-life in mind is an area we are striving to improve in future years.
Protecting land and water
Baker Hughes is committed to water conservation and protecting scarce resources. Due to the nature of our operations, our current use of water does not significantly impact the availability of water in the regions where we operate. More than 99% of our water is withdrawn from and discharged to municipal water systems.
Engineering controls and improved systems and processes represent the most effective spill mitigation measures across Baker Hughes. We reduced our total spill volume by 71% in 2019 as compared to 2018 levels. As part of our environmental management system, following reportable spill incidents we conduct formal investigations and implement corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence.
We strive to operate responsibly and protect the environment everywhere we operate, and particularly when operating near sensitive areas.
We aim to hold our suppliers and partners accountable for their environmental performance as well. Our supplier onboarding process includes environmental criteria for air and water emissions, solid waste and hazardous materials, and we audit suppliers on their environmental performance using risk-based methods.
Reducing deforestation and habitat loss
Deforestation is a pressing issue that impacts biodiversity, climate, and traditional societies. The Baker Hughes Foundation has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other companies to address deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil, two key regions for our company. The combined efforts of our multi-company consortium have resulted in improving the management of 25 million acres of forest, including 1 million acres of critical orangutan habitat. We advanced a historic green growth compact, a partnership among government, companies, and communities to reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. This included expanding solutions for sustainable natural resource management, including reduced-impact logging and low-emission oil palm development.