Signs of a changing climate include four years of intense drought in California, where Hunter Industries is headquartered, and sixteen years in the Colorado River system from which San Diego County imports about 70% of its water. World-class climate scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography predict that these conditions, coupled with our growing population, rising temperatures, longer intervals without rain, and increased evaporation from the soil and water reservoirs will result in Southern California’s water demand increasing by 46% by 2035.
Climate change will have a direct effect on Hunter Industries, which relies on adequate water supplies and healthy watersheds for both its own operations and for the vitality of its irrigation business around the globe. In addition, hotter temperatures where Hunter facilities are located in San Marcos and Tijuana will require more cooling of buildings and mitigation against other risks such as increased wildfires. As water and energy prices continue to rise due to climate change and other factors, and because 20% of all energy used in California is used to move, treat, and pump water, it is in Hunter’s best interest to use water and energy as efficiently as possible and to create products for our customers that maximize savings and help them become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
2020 Climate Change Goal
Our utilization of fossil fuel energy sources that emit CO2 in the atmosphere cause the greenhouse gas effect that is resulting in climate change. We have a goal to achieve a greenhouse gas intensity of .21 CO2e/build dollar. Our 2015 GHG intensity is .26 CO2e/build dollar. Build dollars represent the costs of all materials purchased to build our products. This is the most representative indicator of our company’s energy use.
Lowering our GHG intensity will be achieved by installing more renewable energy on campus, improving our efficiencies, and purchasing green energy.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiatives
To mitigate direct risks to our business and to improve the quality of life for our employees and customers, we have set six initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
- Increase solar power generation 35% by 2020 savings: 560,000 kWh and 164 Metric Tons of CO2e
- Retrofit all applicable lighting to LED by 2020 savings: 700,000 kWh and 230 Metric Tons of CO2E
- Install new chiller for headquarters’ HVAC system and process water savings
- Light harvesting on available roofs
- Correct automation air leaks
- Purchase green energy
CO2e = Carbon Dioxide equivalent emissions
Our carbon footprint does not include externalities.
2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offset
We increased our solar power generation by 84% between 2014 and 2015, generating 691,333 kWhs of solar power, saving 315,950 kWhs of energy, which offset GHG emissions 194 Metric Tons.