A key component of Lear’s sustainability commitment is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from our plants around the globe. “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems,” according to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, Summary for Policymakers (2014).
Lear plants participate in corporate-wide data collection efforts and reporting on GHG emissions. The data is used to track, analyze, and develop plans to reduce the GHG footprint and overall sustainability strategy. Lear participates in the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) supply chain and investor surveys, as a platform to report performance to customers and investors, and for assessing our organization’s performance, risks and opportunities related to greenhouse gases.
Lear met its 2018 goal of GHG emission reduction in 2013 and also reestablished a baseline level that year. GHG reduction targets were set at 15% for 2020. Due to acquisitions and the influx of new facilities, we plan to reestablish a new baseline and set new science-based targets for GHG reduction in the near future. Although continuous growth creates a challenge in reducing our absolute GHG emissions, Lear’s commitment and efforts to continuous improvement in energy efficiency will help achieve these GHG reductions. In 2017, Lear achieved 7.6% reduction in GHG emissions per labor hour over 2016.