Reducing waste is another way we support sustainability initiatives. In addition to taking steps to reduce waste in our own facilities, we reduce waste by rebuilding and reusing machines and components and providing retrofit solutions that provide enhancements and improvements to keep older machines in production longer. In the process, we’re conserving energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing the need for raw materials. In addition, we’re listening to our customers and investigating ways we can help them in their efforts to recycle end-of-life machines and components.
We’ve also increased maintenance intervals and extended the life of consumables to decrease the amount of waste contributed to the environment. These changes may seem small but can have a big impact on the environment. For example, we’ve extended the recommended oil and filter change intervals for a variety of key hydraulic and powertrain oil circuits in our Cat 797 trucks. Over the life of one 797, we’ve eliminated the need for 125,000 liters of hydraulic oil — enough to fill a 20-by-40-foot swimming pool – and saved about 750 hydraulic filters and breathers.
Together with our dealers, we provide rebuild and remanufacturing services that increase the lifespan of equipment — reusing instead of discarding components, conserving energy, reducing waste, keeping nonrenewable resources in circulation for multiple lifetimes and minimizing the need for new raw materials. Equipment owners can choose to have their own components rebuilt or purchase remanufactured parts and components. When a machine has reached the end of its first life, the entire machine can be rebuilt to like-new specifications.