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Climate Change

Facility
Energy Use

WM seeks solutions to improve energy efficiency in our facilities by implementing a range of technologies and best practices that reduce environmental impacts, improve operational efficiencies and achieve cost savings.

For example, we are working with our energy solutions partner to increase the use of sources such as wind, solar, waste heat and landfill gas to power and heat many of our facilities. Our 2025 goal calls for the facilities we operate to use 100% renewable electricity.

WM also looks for opportunities to support renewable energy adoption by others. In 2020, we hosted 100 MWh of wind power at closed landfills. We also host solar electricity in support of U.S. EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, which encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites, when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.

Sustainability at WM Headquarters

New facilities are often built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. For example, our new corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas, is certified LEED Platinum for the build-out of our office space, which includes use of low-emitting materials, advanced energy metering, indoor water use reduction, sustainably made furniture and optimization of energy performance. The building will offset 100% of its electricity consumption with renewable energy and is located near local metro lines and bus routes to encourage use of public transportation. For construction projects where we do not seek formal certification, we align closely with LEED standards.

WM Energy Mix

Consumption of Fuel

  • 1,992,642 MWh from
    renewable sources
  • 6,348,664 MWh from non-
    renewable sources
  • 8,341,306 Total MWh

Consumption of Purchased
Electricity

  • 958 MWh from
    renewable sources
  • 639,516 MWh from non-
    renewable sources
  • 640,474 Total MWh

Total Energy Consumption

  • 1,993,600 MWh from
    renewable sources
  • 6,988,180 MWh from non-
    renewable sources
  • 8,981,780 Total MWh