Fresh, clean water is a limited natural resource. Even though water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, only approximately 1 percent of this water is accessible and fit for human consumption. Some parts of the world currently face water shortages, and experts predict that this problem will spread to other areas.
Raytheon uses water in our air conditioning/heating systems, cafeterias, restrooms and outdoor irrigation systems. We also use it in manufacturing processes such as parts cleaning, electroplating and wastewater treatment. Although our business is not water-intensive, we’ve made water reduction a priority — especially in the water-scarce regions where we operate. We strive to measure and quantify water use at each location to understand how and where we use it. This simple process can identify water waste and help us prioritize water reduction projects. Because energy and water use are interrelated, lower water consumption also helps us use less energy.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN TO MINIMIZE WATER USE
At our Goleta, California, site, we completed a multiyear sustainable landscape upgrade to significantly reduce our dependence on water, a precious resource in the semi-arid Southern California climate.READ MORE
WATER REDUCTION PROJECTS
Between 2008 and 2015, we reduced U.S. water consumption by 35 percent. Since 2015, we’ve reduced our water use by 6.8 percent despite company growth and several large construction projects. Our many initiatives have included implementing changes to our manufacturing processes, installing low-flow plumbing fixtures in our buildings, reusing grey water for landscape irrigation and upgrading irrigation systems by installing smart systems to reduce water used in landscape irrigation.
We continue to prioritize water reduction projects and work to identify and incorporate best practices and strategies. We are focused on three key areas: cooling tower enhancements, water reuse projects, and landscape and irrigation strategies. Recently, we have upgraded the cooling towers at our Indianapolis and State College, Pennsylvania, locations and installed an artificial turf surface on the Falcon recreation field at our Tucson location.
USING RECLAIMED GROUNDWATER HELPS TUCSON COMMUNITY
Many Raytheon sites operate near facilities owned by Department of Defense clients, and we routinely collaborate on solutions that advance their sustainability objectives — and ours.READ MORE
Corporate Responsibility Report
This year’s report provides an expansive review of our corporate responsibility content, and highlights our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance, and reduce our footprint on the planet.