Our Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Strong leadership in environmental sustainability and climate change is a priority for Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman recognizes that environmental sustainability is a matter of national security. Climate change is influencing natural disasters, population displacements, and conflicts over essential resources like food and water, which all contribute to destabilization. That’s why we’re dedicated to meeting the environmental challenges facing our world with solutions and technology that expand the boundaries of what it means to define possible as a global steward.

To help guide our commitment to environmental sustainability, we have identified three mission areas with six goals to help us measure our success.

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Mission 1: Footprint | Address the fundamental needs driving environmental sustainability by minimizing the footprint of our operations. Footprint goals include:

  • Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions in operations by 2035.
  • Source 50 percent of total electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
  • Strengthen leadership in operational footprint reduction through setting and achieving pioneering targets in environmental stewardship by 2025, including potable water use and solid waste to landfill.

Mission 2: Handprint | Enhance sustainability within the aerospace & defense industry by supporting customer needs and supply chain objectives. Handprint goals include:

  • In collaboration with key customers, work to develop a pioneering product stewardship program focused on material efficiency, product design and life cycle assessment.
  • Update the company’s “Standards of Business Conduct for Suppliers and Other Trading Partners” to incorporate industry-leading sustainability practices by 2023.

Mission 3: Blueprint | Affirm our leadership in sustainability by collaborating to protect ecosystems and define environmental opportunities in our communities. Our blueprint goal is to:

  • Expand Technology for Conservation (T4C) initiatives in proximity to Northrop Grumman’s U.S. locations by 2030, in collaboration with external partners.

Discover more about what we’ve been doing to achieve these goals:

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Our Goal of Net Zero by 2035

Over the past decade, we have taken meaningful action to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. We are prepared to do our part to support goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and drive global GHG emissions to net zero by 2050. As the next step in our journey to decarbonize, we are committed to achieving net zero GHG emissions in our operations by 2035. As a part of this commitment, we will continue to emphasize efficiency and invest in low and zero carbon energy solutions.

  • We currently have four sites that host onsite solar generation. Our most recent addition, at our Rolling Meadows, Illinois site, came online at the beginning of 2021.
  • We have also made a commitment to source 100% of our electricity in Virginia from a solar farm that is currently being constructed within the Commonwealth.
Learn more about onsite solar generation in Illinois Learn more about our Virginia onsite solar farm
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Water Usage

As a critical resource for our operations and within our communities, we recognize that access to and availability of water can be a localized challenge. We mainly use our water withdrawals to support building evaporative cooling and humidification and manufacturing processes, as well as traditional domestic water uses.

  • We complete regular water assessments at our sites, including our major manufacturing sites, to gain valuable insight into the use patterns of our operations.
  • Our Redondo Beach, California, location successfully connected a municipal reclaimed water line to the cooling towers of three buildings onsite. This project offset potable water usage by 16 million gallons of water per year, which is enough to fill 24 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • A rainwater harvesting system was installed at our Park Air facility in the U.K captures rainwater from the facility roof and filters and stores the runoff in a large underground system. The water is then used for the toilets in the building. This system saves more than 120,000 gallons per year, which is equivalent to 70% of water use at the facility.
Aquatic Agility: Repurposing Wastewater as an Ultra-Pure Resource
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Electric Car Charging

Our Electric Vehicle (EV) Workplace Charging Program has become an increasingly important service that we provide for employees, especially as we continue to see demand for electric vehicles rise.

  • We opened our first ever fleet-only EV charging station in the company at one of our manufacturing sites located in West Virginia.
  • In one example,  Azusa, California, which, in a partnership with the local utility, Southern California Edison, has 39 charging stations (66 new connections).
Read about Electric Persistence in Azuza
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Advanced Technologies and Climate

Northrop Grumman technology has always been at the forefront of tackling the toughest challenges facing our planet—including climate change. From satellites that collect data to track changes on the Earth’s surface to unmanned aircraft that produce fewer emissions than traditional manned options, we’re redefining how technology can advance global stewardship.

Landsat 9: The Mission Learn more on How Advanced Technology is Creating New Solutions for Climate Change
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Technology for Conservation

Northrop Grumman’s Technology for Conservation (T4C) innovation projects are a unique way to build on the company’s emphasis of environmental sustainability, evolve our partnerships with conservation organizations and provide new opportunities for employees. By combining the expertise of Northrop Grumman engineers with the conservation organizations’ knowledge of Earth’s ecosystems, these projects are able to leverage the best of today’s technologies to enhance and scale conservation programs.

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Renewable Energy

We currently have four sites that host onsite solar generation. Our most recent addition, at our Rolling Meadows, Illinois site, came online at the beginning of 2021.

We have also made a commitment to source 100% of our electricity in Virginia from a solar farm that is currently being constructed within the Commonwealth.

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Rolling Meadows site – expected to eliminate approximately 870 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to powering nearly 100 homes for a year

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Northrop Grumman Commits to 100 Percent Solar Energy in Virginia