At Dover, the management and use of environmental resources, including energy, is an essential part of our business. We are committed to conserving energy, using renewable energy, and continually improving the efficiency of our operations.

In 2010, as part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, we set a target of reducing our overall energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 20% by 2020 (indexed to net revenue). We are proud to report that we attained and well-surpassed our ten-year goal, achieving a 46% reduction from 2010. To achieve this goal, our operating companies identified and worked to successfully implement hundreds of projects to reduce GHG intensity. We also began participating as a voluntary respondent to the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) and have elevated our scores to a B since we began reporting.

We also understand the climate challenges facing our society and the need for a shared effort in order to effectively address them. With this in mind, we are in the process of evaluating a new target to continue to push ourselves to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We are currently developing this goal with our internal and external stakeholders and will share the official goal once launched early in 2021.

2020 GHG Emissions Target

We committed to reducing our overall energy and greenhouse gas intensity by 20% from 2010 to 2020. We are proud to report that we exceeded our target: In 2020, we achieved a 46%i reduction in our GHG intensity compared to our 2010 baseline.

Progress against 2020 Goals

Energy Intensity Chart

Greenhouse Gas Intensity Chart

Revenue Chart


Managing Our Impact

Due to the nature of our business, our energy consumption and GHG emissions derive from two main sources:

  • Our business operations, which involve the use of purchased electricity (Scope 2 emissions) and combustible energy, including natural gas, diesel, propane, and fuel oil (Scope 1 emissions)
  • Upstream and downstream activities in our value chain, such as purchased goods and services, capital goods, business travel, employee commuting, and fuel-and-energy related activities (Scope 3 emissions)

Our Director of Global Supply Chain is responsible for managing our energy consumption and GHG emissions reporting. Working closely with operational and financial representatives from Dover's operating companies, as well as corporate stakeholders, the Director of Global Supply Chain also coordinates our action plan to achieve energy and greenhouse gas reductions across our facilities worldwide. This group leads the implementation of Dover’s energy and greenhouse gas initiatives, monitors energy performance, and provides support, training, and tools for all of Dover’s operating companies in pursuit of energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

GHG Reduction Chart

Energy Efficiency Initiatives That Help Us Meet Our Target

To aid our efforts to reduce our energy usage and GHG emissions we have implemented several energy projects to increase our energy efficiency. As of 2020, we have achieved a reduction of more than 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. These projects have included:

  • HVAC improvements, such as programmable thermostats
  • Lighting retrofits
  • Compressed air improvements, such as new compressor systems
  • Behavioral improvements, such as shutting down machinery at night
  • Process upgrades, including machinery and technology

We also use renewable energy in several of our company sites resulting in about 10% of our total energy use coming from renewable sources.

Together, these initiatives helped us achieve a 46% reduction in our GHG intensity in 2018 compared to our 2010 baseline. This is over double our original GHG emissions goal for 2020.

Energy Intensity Chart

GHG Intensity Chart


Measuring Our Performance

We measure our Scope 1 and 2 emissionsii by gathering environmental dataiii from our worldwide facilities. This includes GHG emissions associated with the fuels and refrigerants we use for heating and cooling our buildings and driving our fleet vehicles (Scope 1 emissions), as well as the electricity we purchase to power our operations and buildings (Scope 2 emissions).

For our upstream and downstream activities, we work with third-party organizations to estimate emissions relevant to our value chain (Scope 3 emissionsiv). Our energy and GHG metrics are verified by a third party before being disclosed in our sustainability webpages and annual CDP submission.

Reporting to CDP

In 2019, we received a CDP score of a B. This is higher than the North America regional average of C, and the same as the Powered machinery sector average of B. For more information on our annual CDP response, please see our CDP summary or you can view our most recent CDP response.

Scope 1 and 2 GHG Emissions Table

Scope 3 GHG Emissions Table


i 2018 GHG intensity values

ii Our energy and GHG emissions are calculated using the World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s operational control and Scope 2 market-based approach. Our 2020 GHG emissions intensity target uses a Scope 1 and 2 location-based methodology.

iii Current data collection accounts for approximately 75% of sites; the remainder is extrapolated.

iv While we calculate and report most of our relevant Scope 3 emissions in our CDP response, we are still in the process of quantifying some important aspects like use of sold products and end of life treatment of sold products.