Climate change is a global challenge that poses a significant risk to the environment, our health, and the way we do business. We continue to establish goals, measure progress, and communicate results as we advance our environmental sustainability program.
As of the end of 2021, we reduced our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 9.6% compared to a 2019 baseline. This represents more than 50% progress towards our 2025 reduction goal. We continue to invest in energy efficient equipment, process optimizations and renewable energy sources to meet current targets, as well as dedicate resources beyond 2025 to address key climate issues and minimize our impact.
These actions provided our environmental sustainability team with initial pathways toward achieving our GHG reduction target and it is expected that many of the measures can be applied at additional sites across our network.
Multi-phase LED lighting initiative
We added to the number of U.S.-based sites completing LED lighting conversions to lower energy consumption and reduce our overall GHG emissions. To date, we estimate a total reduction of 3,171 MTCO2e annually resulting from these LED retrofits, delivering a significant reduction against our Scope 1 and 2 emissions target baseline.
Repurposing waste material
Our Environmental, Health and Safety, Security and Sustainability (EHSS&S) team led an initiative at our Solon, Ohio, manufacturing site aimed at reducing emissions and lessening our environmental impact while supporting community organizations and universities. The initiative resulted in diverting more than 60% of materials by weight that would have otherwise been landfilled or incinerated.
Innovations to divert customer lab waste
Through collaboration with our customer, we developed a timely solution to reduce and eliminate wasteful purchasing processes at their laboratories. In 30 days at the customer site, our Avantor Services team implemented inventory program and project management solutions that identified and sorted excess material fit for recycling. This project helped our customer divert over 18,000 pounds of obsolete inventory from landfill including laboratory glass, plastics, and metals. The inventory optimization also reduced required pallet storage by more than 50%.
My Green Lab sponsorship
We believe it is important to support our customers, associates and suppliers in building a culture of sustainability within life sciences. That is why we sponsor My Green Lab®, a non-profit organization that is inspiring the scientific community to integrate sustainability into our industry through education, community engagement and market-leading certification tools.