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.
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
- 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 achieved over $917 million in cost savings and added revenue, and avoided 1.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 4.7 million tons of waste and 19.5 million cubic meters of water 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
|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
|SunGard||20,700 metric tons of GHG emissions||$3.8 million|
|U.S. Foodservice||101,000 metric tons of GHG emissions||$22.3 million|