Environmental Recognition

Northrop Grumman and the Environment

From the 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: In calendar year 2014, we reduced 14,300 MTCO2e*, resulting in a 26.2 percent intensity reduction from 2008, equivalent to a 31.3 percent absolute reduction. Through initiatives focused on facilities systems, information technology infrastructure, and engineering and manufacturing process modifications, we achieved an estimated reduction of 12,400 MTCO2e. *MTCO2e = metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting: We develop and manage our greenhouse gas inventory in accordance with The GHG Protocol - A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.
  • Water Use and Solid Waste: We achieved our 2014 goal to implement at least 75 percent of water use and solid waste reduction best management practices:
    • 79.3 percent implementation rate of water best management practices.
    • 96.5 percent implementation rate of solid waste best management practices.
  • Third-party Verification: We achieved “Reasonable Assurance” for our 2014 greenhouse gas inventory, the highest level of assurance in accordance with the ISO 14064-3 standard. Northrop Grumman has achieved Reasonable Assurance for five consecutive GHG inventories. We are the only aerospace and defense company to achieve this highest level of assurance in accordance with the ISO 14064-3 standard.
  • Leadership: Since 2012, Northrop Grumman has been named to corporate leadership indexes, responding to the increasing expectations for climate change performance and disclosure.
  • Disclosure: As our greeNG environmental sustainability program has matured, our CDP performance disclosure score has improved, earning Northrop Grumman a 98 (out of 100) in 2014. Our management strategy includes disclosure of our governance model, greenhouse gas inventory, climate change-related risks and opportunities, and emissions-reduction initiatives.
  • Remediation: In 2014, we were involved in more than 180 environmental remediation projects, with an approximate annual remediation budget of $65 million. We continued to seek cost-effective alternatives to traditional resource-intensive remediation practices, which reduce environmental disturbance and energy use and promote ecosystem recovery.
  • Employee Volunteer Efforts: Along with Keep America Beautiful, we launched the 2014 Great American Cleanup Webinar Series to educate and inform employees on current environmental projects, trends, and innovative ways to engage our volunteers. The three topics were: Protecting and Cleaning Your Community's Watershed; Overcoming Challenges of Community Gardening; and Disaster Restoration.
  • Clean, Fresh Water to Three Continents: Through our relationships with Engineers Without Borders, we supported seven water supply projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, Brazil, Madagascar, and Tanzania. Four of the projects supported university-student-led initiatives, and three supported U.S.-based professional chapter projects.

2014 Environmental Strategy

From the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

  • Preferred Business Award: Recognition of the outstanding contribution to the recycling, recovery, and re-use of materials (Charlottesville, Virginia).
  • Energy Preservation Award: Environmental leadership in energy management (Irwindale, California Chamber of Commerce).
  • Pollution Prevention Award: Pollution prevention activities, including our inline cleaner equipment upgrade that resulted in a 50 percent savings in wastewater and chemical usage, and a 45 percent reduction in energy usage (Utah Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention Association).
  • Air Pollution Control Achievement Award: Air Quality Education: For awareness bulletins to educate employees about opportunities to save energy at home and work, and reduce gasoline consumption and automotive evaporative and exhaust emissions (City of Huntsville, Alabama Air Pollution Control Board).
  • 2012 Leader in Sustainability Award (awarded March 2014): For commitment to recycling batteries and cellphones (Call2Recycle® North America).

From the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report:

  • Awarded the 2012 Cool Planet Award from The Climate Registry’s Cool Planet Project and Southern California Edison for excellence in energy efficiency in the aerospace and defense category.
  • Received Reasonable Assurance for our 2010 and 2011 greenhouse gas inventories by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), the highest level of assurance.
  • Named to the Carbon Performance Leadership Index, by CDP, the top 10 percent of participating companies for exemplary performance related to climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency.
  • Identified as a Leader in the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, ranking 30 of 360 publicly listed companies.
  • Received the Aerospace Industries Associations (AIA) 2012 Safety Award for aircraft manufacturing for our Aerospace Systems operation.

From the 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report:

  • Northrop Grumman scored 80 (of a possible 100) in the Carbon Disclosure Project for Environmental Disclosure, improving from our 2010 score of 68.
  • Ranked #51 among the 500 largest public companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine 2011 Green Rankings, improving from our 2010 rank of 173.
  • With the relocation of our corporate office to Falls Church, Virginia, we took the opportunity to further demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship by designing and retrofitting the building to achieve the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-level certification for Commercial Interiors. In 2011, we had operations in four buildings that are LEED certified and one additional building that meets the EPA Energy Star Building standards. As our real estate portfolio changes, we continue to assess new opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint by establishing operations in buildings that meet these, or similar, energy efficiency standards.

From the 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report:

  • Northrop Grumman was honored by the South Bay (Calif.) Business Environmental Coalition with the 2010 Environmental Leadership award.
  • Northrop Grumman was selected by Computerworld as one of 12 top green-IT organizations for 2010. Read More.
  • City Council members, including El Segundo, Calif. Mayor Eric Busch, presented a proclamation to Northrop Grumman representatives for sponsorship of the green building kiosk in El Segundo City Hall.
  • Northrop Grumman achieved U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "SmartWay" certification as a freight shipper. Through load consolidation programs, we targeted a reduction of more than 1 million freight miles in 2009 and an additional half million miles in 2010.
  • In recognition of outstanding results in achieving key environmental goals, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program’s Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health team has received an Environmental Award from the Chief of Naval Operations in the Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition category.
  • Several Northrop Grumman sites have been honored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery as Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winners. Read More.

From the 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report:

  • Northrop Grumman achieved U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "SmartWay" certification as a freight shipper. Through load consolidation programs, we targeted a reduction of more than 1 million freight miles in 2009 and an additional half million miles in 2010.
  • In recognition of outstanding results in achieving key environmental goals, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program’s Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health team has received an Environmental Award from the Chief of Naval Operations in the Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition category. The award winners were honored April 15 in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.
  • Several Northrop Grumman sites have been honored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery as Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winners. Read more

From the 2008 Corporate Social Responsiblity Report:

  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District, second consecutive award to the employees in Newport News, Virginia, for outstanding compliance with wastewater standards.
  • Industrial Environmental Association and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the "California Environmental Responsibility” award to employees in San Diego, California, for eliminating all discharges, including storm water, to the San Diego Bay.
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Certificate of Recognition to employees at the Space Park facility in Redondo Beach, California, for full compliance with wastewater discharge standards for calendar year 2007.
  • Operation Save New York Energy Conservation Program, “Gold Performance” award to employees at the Bethpage, New York facility for voluntary reductions in energy use during demand periods (6,750 kilowatts versus a goal of 4,000 kilowatts).
  • One of our El Segundo, California buildings received the prestigious Energy Star designation for its superior energy performance.
    “Air Pollution Control Achievement” award to the employees at the Huntsville, Alabama facility for achieving a 90 percent reduction in the emission of isopropyl alcohol.
  • State of California, “Waste Reduction Award Program” (WRAP) for success in reducing solid waste at six Southern California facilities. The 2008 awards were in recognition of efforts at the El Segundo and Palmdale sites, and mark the company’s 28th such award, going back to 1992, for efforts to minimize waste through recycling, reuse and employee education.
  • U.S. Department of Energy, “Energy Champion” recognition of the St. Augustine, Florida site for implementing numerous energy conservation improvements (as defined by reducing energy consumption more than 20 percent with a commensurate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions).
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Green Lights” award to the employees at the Baltimore, Maryland facility for retrofitting lighting fixtures and ballasts with T-8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballast technology.

From the 2007 Corporate Responsiblity Report:

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation received the state of California’s 2006 and 2007 Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) honor for its success in cutting waste at six Southern California facilities. This marks the company’s 26th award (since 1992) for efforts to minimize waste through recycling, reuse and employee education.
  • In 2006 and 2007, Northrop Grumman employees helped plant trees for the “Trees to the Sea” project in Los Angeles. The nonprofit-sponsored project aims to plant a total of 500 trees along the Imperial Highway, between the city of El Segundo and Los Angeles International Airport. Read more.
  • In both 2006 and 2007, Northrop Grumman received the state of California’s Flex Your Power award for its success in saving energy. ‘Flex Your Power’ is a partnership of California’s utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations working to save energy. Northrop Grumman was the only industrial corporation among five winners of the Best Overall award, the highest of the honors given.
  • Employees at the Northrop Grumman facility in Baltimore received the EPA’s Green Lights Award for retrofitting lighting fixtures and ballasts with T-8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballast technology.
  • Employees in San Diego received the California Environmental Responsibility Award from the Industrial Environmental Association and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association for eliminating all discharges, including storm water, to the San Diego Bay.
  • Huntsville, Alabama employees received an Air Pollution Control Achievement Award for achieving a 90 percent reduction in the emission of isopropyl alcohol.
  • In Palmdale, California, employees received the annual Achievement In Reducing Emissions (AIRE) award from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District for eliminating chromium in one coating and reducing volatile organic compounds in three others.


Photo Caption: Facilities employees from Northrop Grumman's Woodland Hills, Calif., location collect construction waste to recycle. Pictured from left to right are Adonis Umana, Mauricio Villagran and Frank Lainez. Several Northrop Grumman locations have been recognized by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery as Waste Reduction Awards Program winners for thorough waste reduction and recycling activities.