One of the world’s largest engine markers, Rolls-Royce, plans to increase its output to 600 engines a year by 2020, the fastest increase in its history. But the British power systems company also aims to cut energy use by 30% over the same time frame.
This energy reduction goal is part of the company's "dashboard" of sustainability targets for the year 2020 that it continues to work towards via annual target-setting. Rolls-Royce says it will achieve this 30% cut – excluding energy consumed in product testing and development – by investing in less resource-intensive new facilities and making existing ones more energy efficient.
Other goals include halving greenhouse gas emissions in operations and facilities by 2025 as well as ensuring zero waste to landfill by 2020.
The firm is also working towards meeting the 2050 goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe, which include developing technologies and procedures to reduce aircraft carbon emissions by 75%, reduce noise by 65%, and reduce nitrous oxides by 90%. These goals are pegged against the emissions of a typical new aircraft produced in 2000.
In Singapore, Rolls-Royce began sourcing power for its Seletar Campus using solar panels installed on the rooftops of its building and carpark last year. Tim Sullivan, the company's director of energy and property compliance, said the solar panel initiative is the first in a series of planned renewable and low-carbon energy projects the company intends to undertake around the world in the next five years.