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Leviton Achieves Carbon Neutrality in Oregon Facility

With an eye toward achieving company-wide carbon neutrality by 2030, lighting and controls manufacturer Leviton has announced that its Tualatin, Oregon facility has achieved carbon neutrality. The next goal the company intends to achieve is to become Net Zero by 2050.

The term “carbon neutral” means that any CO2 released into the atmosphere by a company is balanced by an equivalent amount being removed; “Net Zero” is more stringent in that it requires reducing the amount of carbon emissions in the first place.

Leviton’s latest accomplishment underscores its commitment to fighting climate change and promoting environmental sustainability. Since 2001, the Oregon facility has been dedicated to engineering and manufacturing energy-efficient commercial lighting controls and submetering solutions that contribute to reducing the company’s environmental impact and empowering its customers to be more sustainable. 

“Our achievement in Oregon reflects our dedication to environmental stewardship and contributing to expediting the reduction of carbon emissions,” said Tom Leonard, Vice President and General Manager of Leviton Lighting & Controls. “This milestone is not just a win for Leviton, but a step forward for the entire community towards a more sustainable future.”

Working with partners Sphera and ClimateTrade, through a process of measuring (scopes 1, 2, and selected scope 3), reducing, and balancing emissions, strategic operational efficiencies and investments played pivotal roles in the Oregon facility’s path to carbon neutrality, such as

Carbon Reduction: As part of the Leviton CN2030 program, the Portland-area site formed a green team to tackle key focus areas on achieving an overall reduction of 267 Tons CO2e since the baseline measurement in 2021.

Energy-Efficiency: Streamlining operations into a single, more efficient building, implementing energy-efficient Leviton LED lighting, and integrating advanced smart technologies has helped reduced the facility’s energy requirements by 1,46GJ, equating to a carbon footprint reduction of 101 Tons since 2021.

Robust Recycling Program: A comprehensive recycling program for manufacturing and office waste reduced CO2e related emissions by 81%.  

Lastly, because it is not possible to eliminate all carbon emissions currently, the Portland site invested in a solar renewable energy-focused carbon offset project. Doing so allows Leviton to invest in energy projects that avoid, remove, or prevent an equivalent amount of carbon from polluting the atmosphere. 

Leviton’s sustainability drive is an integral part of its mission to build what’s next to light, power, and connect everyday spaces. By setting a precedent for environmental responsibility in its operations and solutions, Leviton empowers its customers to embrace sustainability, supporting positive change across communities and industries worldwide.

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