Republic Services has been named to the Climate A List by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international non-profit organization dedicated to measuring and disclosing environmental information, in the CDP 2016 Global Climate Change Report.
Less than 10 percent of companies worldwide who submit the disclosure questionnaire are named to the Climate A List. This year, only 194 companies from around the world made the list.
"As a leader in the U.S. waste and recycling industry, we take our commitment to regenerate the planet with the materials we are entrusted to handle every day very seriously," Republic President & CEO Donald W. Slager said in a statement. "We are honored by this latest recognition, and the continued validation of our social, environmental and governance programs. These programs allow us to build a more profitable business and enhance long-term value creation."
Republic's sustainability commitments are guided by the five elements of its sustainability platform: Operations, Materials Management, Communities, Safety and People.
Through its Blue Planet platform, Republic is defining its approach to sustainability through the practices and programs outlined in its 2015 Sustainability Report, which include working to reduce the carbon footprint of its own operations and those associated with the materials they collect, while increasing growth opportunities.
Republic's four sustainability goals include:
- Commodities: to add an additional 150,000 tons per year or more of recycling capability through 2018.
- Energy: to develop at least two landfill gas-to-energy projects per year through 2018.
- Fleet: to reduce fleet emissions from its direct operational impacts by 3 percent by 2018.
- Safety: to reduce its OHSA recordable rates by 7 percent per year.