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, 21 portfolio companies are reporting performance and have adopted environmental management initiatives and innovations.

Since the program launched in 2008, these companies have achieved an estimated $1.2 billion in financial impact, and avoided 2.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 6.3 million tons of waste and 27 million cubic meters of water use.

Learn more about how each company is achieving these results:

CompanyEnvironmental ImpactFinancial Impact
Accellent11,200 metric tons of GHG emissions$590,000
Biomet10,500 metric tons of GHG emissions$2.1 million
Dollar General160,000 metric tons of GHG emissions
10.8M cubic yards of waste
$106 million
HCA32,500 metric tons of GHG emissions$4.7 million
Primedia, Inc.8,500 tons of paper$7.5 million
Sealy Corporation14,000 metric tons of GHG emissions
2.9M lbs. of waste
$12.1 million
SunGard20,700 metric tons of GHG emissions$3.8 million
U.S. Foodservice101,000 metric tons of GHG emissions$22.3 million