Lync is part of the Watts family of brands and is proud to be featured in the newly released 2021 Sustainability Report which highlights the Company’s environment, social and governance (ESG) practices and its commitment to best-in-class sustainability performance.
“We believe that a safer world is a more sustainable world – a belief that we proudly reflect in each of our technologies and solutions, and our ESG commitments,” said Robert J. Pagano, Jr., CEO, President, and Chairperson of the Board.
“In a year that presented its share of challenges, we demonstrated that reaching further and higher to protect and sustain the environment, our people, and communities around the world is ingrained in our business and our culture. I’m deeply grateful to all our global employees – it’s because of their passion, ingenuity and steadfast dedication to our goals that people and communities feel the positive impact of our products and commitments.”
One Aegis = 144 tons of Annual CO2 Savings
Domestic water heat pumps traditionally use refrigerants such as propane and ammonia to move heat from one set of coils to another. Propane and ammonia create chemical byproducts that are hazardous to the environment, have high GWPs, and are flammable.
The Aegis® heat pump is a highly efficient heat pump water heater that uses electricity and natural CO2 refrigerant to produce domestic hot water. Its CO2 refrigerant, R744, is non-toxic, non-flammable, has an ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) of zero and a low GWP (Global Warming Potential). With an Aegis installed, customers can save an estimated 144 tons of CO2 annually.
Promoting Water Safety
The Element® Q disinfects water from water heater to faucet using ultraviolet light and thermal disinfection while proactively tracking temperatures to help mitigate scalding risks. The system provides maintenance alerts and infection control reporting, alerting facilities managers to potential bacterial risks before they become dangerous. If ever the water gets too hot, a reporting platform sends a signal to the unit to perform a cooldown. The Element allows building owners, maintenance staff, and infection-control teams to control, manage, and maintain high regulatory standards in their buildings’ domestic hot water.
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Other key accomplishments across Watts
The report highlights a number of key achievements across the Watts organization, including:
- Reduced global water use intensity by 28% and global hazardous waste by 23%. The Company also purchased 100% certified renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset annual electric consumption at seven U.S. sites, reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30%.
- Participated in The Water Council’s Corporate Water Stewardship Accelerator Program to drive impactful improvements at priority sites. Based on water use and scarcity in each region where major manufacturing plants, distribution centers, and offices are located, the Company selected eight sites to pilot the program, given their watershed risk levels and annual water usage. Site leaders gathered data and engaged with stakeholders on shared challenges unique to the local watershed and developed and implemented a water stewardship plan to address them.
- Continued to design products and solutions to benefit users and help their sustainability efforts based on the Company’s “triple play” of Safety and Regulation, Water Conservation, and Energy Efficiency, which make up 75%, 38%, and 25% of Watts revenue stream respectively, with some products fitting into multiple categories.
- Provided clean water access to disadvantaged communities through the Company’s ongoing partnership with Planet Water Foundation, which to date has benefited more than 45,000 people in nine different countries. Last year, Watts funded and installed six water purification and hand washing systems in Cambodia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam, providing 10,000 people with clean and safe drinking water daily.
- Joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2022, reaffirming our commitment to incorporate the UNGC’s principles and standards on human rights, labor, the environment, and anticorruption into our strategy, culture, and operations.
- Received recognition for sustainability performance from Newsweek magazine, who named Watts among America’s Most Responsible Companies for the third consecutive year. The top 500 companies, spanning 14 industries, made the final list following a detailed analysis of ESG performance from more than 2,000 companies and an independent survey of 11,000 U.S. residents. Watts was ranked in the Top 100 and placed fifth within the industry.
Download your copy now! Watts 2021 Sustainability Report.