Northrop Grumman cited for efforts to reduce emissions

Northrop Grumman Corporation, one of the largest defense contractors in the world and a leading manufacturer of unmanned systems, was recently recognized for its actions to reduce carbon emissions by United Kingdom-based environmental watchdog CDP.

CDP, which was known as the Carbon Disclosure Project until it outgrew its original focus, is an international not-for-profit that provides a system for companies and cities to “measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information.”

Northrop Grumman was cited as a disclosure leader — which signals that it provided CDP with comprehensive information about the measurement and management of its carbon footprint — and a performance leader — which assesses the level of action reported by the company on climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency. The recognition came in the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2013, which presents the progress of 334 S&P 500 companies in reducing emissions and responding to climate change.

This is the second consecutive year Northrop Grumman has appeared on CDP’s Carbon Performance Leadership Index, which featured 36 companies this year. Northrop Grumman reduced absolute emissions four percent from the previous year.

It marked the first time the company appeared in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Out of a possible 100, Northrop Grumman received a disclosure score of 99.

The company launched its environmental sustainability program, greeNG, in 2009 and recently announced it had achieved its greenhouse gas reduction goals two years ahead of schedule.

“Northrop Grumman is committed to providing solutions that advance environmental security and sustainability to reduce the impact of our business operations on the environment,” Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, said in a statement. “We believe in leading by example and are proud of the progress we are making in sustainability. Leadership recognition by CDP is welcome acknowledgment of our performance.”

[ photo courtesy of Northtop Grumman ]