Trusted Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Energy Recovery is dedicated to accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers’ operations in multiple industries. Three years ago, we embarked on our formal Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) journey to turn the lens on ourselves and provide our stakeholders further transparency around our company. We believe sustainable operations and products are fundamental to being a resilient business, and our ESG program offers a strategic roadmap for improvement.

Follow our progress in our latest ESG report.

2021 ESG Highlights

  • Our ESG goals, set in 2020, are over 90% on track. The goals include both quantitative and qualitative targets relating to Employees, Environmental & Climate Change Risks, Innovation & Opportunity, and Products.
  • A first! We’re reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions so we can track reduction efforts going forward.
  • Annually, we help our customers save nearly $4 billion in energy expenses and avoid 14.5 million metric tons of emissions.
  • We have increased the amount of energy saved annually through our products by nearly 40% since 2019.
  • We are expanding PX technology to other critical industries, such as industrial wastewater treatment and CO₂ refrigeration.
  • We’re improving safety through our ISO 45001 certification.

Our ESG Goals

Employees

Goal: Develop workforce to deliver sustainable, diversified growth
Goal: Protect the lives and livelihoods of our employees by providing a safe and healthy workplace

As we diversify and grow into a multi-industry company, a focus on the talent and culture that brought us this far is critical. We recognize that our human resource strategies and processes must evolve to support this growth. 

Retention targets will hold us accountable for ensuring that our recruitment, training, and overall employee engagement strategies are meeting the needs and expectations of our employees. Additionally, to further integrate sustainability and ESG into our company, we are committed to providing orientation on these topics to all employees. 

It has always been our objective to provide our employees with a safe and healthy work environment. With the growth our company has experienced, and the future growth we anticipate, it is ever more important that we continue to focus on safety. To this end, we reviewed our safety program and identified key focal points on which we can build. Our focus is on developing and implementing consistent procedures and processes to identify issues, investigate them, and eliminate the possibility of recurrence, as well as preventing new ones from happening. 

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Environmental & Climate Change Risks

Goal: Report climate-related risk strategy and management aligned with TCFD by end of 2024
Goal: Certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard by end of 2022

Energy Recovery is committed to making continued progress on our climate-change related disclosures, as well enhancing our internal management of environmental risks. 

The Task Force on Climate-related Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations provide a structured approach to evaluating and communicating the potential impact climate change may have on our company. We believe alignment with this framework represents the best path for Energy Recovery to make progress in our climate-change risk management strategy over the next few years. Furthermore, the TCFD aligns with and complements our current disclosure approach under SASB and GRI. 

Additionally, we have committed to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification of our Environmental Management System as another critical component to successful management of our environmental and climate change risks. 

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Innovation & Opportunity

Goal: Double emissions reductions from our products by end of 2025 vs. 2019 baseline

Developing technologies that drive efficiencies and reduce emissions for our customers is at the heart of Energy Recovery’s value proposition and sustainability strategy. 

We have set an ambitious goal to double this impact by 2025 through the growth of our core desalination business, as well as through the introduction of new pressure exchanger-based products in other industries. 

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Products

Goal: Deliver products and solutions customers can trust

Trust and reliability have long been synonymous with our PX Pressure Exchanger, the desalination industry’s leading energy recovery device. 

We have a track of record of minimal to zero financial impact from warranty events and legal proceedings related to product incidents. 

As we expand our product offerings, particularly to new industries, we recognize this introduces unknown risk and potential increase in these metrics. Because we are committed to maintaining the highest quality standards, we have set a target to maintain warranty costs below 1% of product revenue. This target ensures we stay within the top quartile of reliability and performance for our industry, according to benchmark data from the American Productivity & Quality Center.

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Our Focus on Sustainability

Building community partnerships for a more sustainable future

Just as our company is dedicated to delivering efficient and sustainable products to our customers, we are committed to supporting the local and global communities where our employees live and work with that same spirit. Our aim is to lead by example and empower our partners who share this purpose.

Ensuring accountability and transparency

As a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ERII), our corporate governance efforts are focused on effectively managing risk and preserving long-term, sustainable value for the benefit of our shareholders, our employees, and the broader ecosystem in which we operate.

Awards & Ratings

MSCI ESG Rating “AA”

Bronze EcoVadis Sustainability Rating

IR Awards: “Best ESG Communications” and “Best ESG Reporting among small to mid-cap companies”

Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating: Top quartile of the machinery industry as of June 2021

2nd Runner Up for “Best First Time Report”

MSCI ESG Small Cap Leaders Index

Sustainability Reports

View 2019 ESG Report

View 2020 ESG Report

View 2021 ESG Report

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