Green Portfolio Project

Environmental Defense Fund and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) have been working together since May 2008 to develop and test a set of analytic tools and metrics to help companies in KKR's U.S. portfolio measure and improve performance in several key environmental performance areas.

Green Returns

As a result of this partnership, EDF developed Green Returns, an innovative and flexible approach designed to create business and environmental value for the private equity sector.

Green Returns provides resources and tools that any firm can use to evaluate operations and identify opportunities to improve business and environmental performance in five key environmental areas:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Forest products
  • Priority chemicals

Green Portfolio results

To date, eight portfolio companies are reporting performance and have adopted environmental management initiatives and innovations.

Since the program launched in 2008, these companies have saved over $160 million in operating costs and eliminated 345,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 1.2 million tons of waste and 8,500 tons of paper use.

Learn more about how each company is achieving these results:

Company Environmental Impact Financial Impact
Accellent 6,600 metric tons of GHG emissions $785,000
Biomet 10,500 metric tons of GHG emissions $2.1 million
Dollar General 160,000 metric tons of GHG emissions
10.8M cubic yards of waste
$106 million
HCA 32,500 metric tons of GHG emissions $4.7 million
Primedia, Inc. 8,500 tons of paper $7.5 million
Sealy Corporation 14,000 metric tons of GHG emissions
2.9M lbs. of waste
$12.1 million
SunGard 20,700 metric tons of GHG emissions $3.8 million
U.S. Foodservice 101,000 metric tons of GHG emissions $22.3 million