Water Usage, Recycling, and Waste Reduction

Water Usage and Protecting Habitats


Water Used per Employee1

1Per employee numbers are calculated using the total number of full-time and part-time employees at tracked office locations as of December 31 each year.

Total Water Used (m3)1

Region 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Americas 81,734 83,519 79,572 94,120 86,736
Asia Pacific N/A 1,118 38,453 43,193 47,305
Europe 17,021 17,954 14,769 13,807 22,163
Total 98,755 102,591 132,794 151,120 156,204

1In 2012, NI began tracking this data from additional office locations in every region. In 2013, NI began tracking this data from additional office locations in the Asia Pacific region. Data prior to 2012 includes only NI headquarters and NI Hungary.

2In 2015, total water usage data was not available for one Americas location for the entire year. NI estimated total usage for the year at that location using the data available from eight months out of the year.

Protecting Habitats

Most of the NI headquarters campus is still in its natural, unirrigated state except for building footprints, walks, drives, and parking. Multilevel garages provide most parking, which minimizes the amount of ground covered by impervious material. Developed landscape areas feature native plant materials that require minimal water to thrive, and the campus incorporates critical environmental features, including limestone sinkholes. The campus is a wildlife habitat, as certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

NI protects and monitors these features to ensure that storm water runoff from roads and parking lots does not enter them. In addition, the campus is a Texas Historical Commission Recorded Site for evidence of flint knapping activity, or tool-making activity, by Native Americans.

Recycling and Waste


Waste Generated and Recycled per Employee1

 

1Per employee numbers are calculated using the total number of full-time and part-time employees at tracked office locations as of December 31 each year.

Total Waste Generated (kg)1,2

Region

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Americas

309,928

293,420

295,789

299,014

236,817

Asia Pacific

N/A

N/A

262,263

361,196

207,983

Europe

280,390

328,336

316,331

355,560

560,737

Total

590,318

621,756

874,383

1,015,770

1,005,537

1Estimates for trash sent to landfills and for some recycled materials from headquarters are calculated based on the size of the containers and how often they are emptied. In addition, the primary compactor at headquarters is monitored in this way, but other recycling containers at headquarters are not monitored.

2In 2012, NI began tracking this data from additional office locations in every region. In 2013, NI began tracking this data from additional office locations in the Asia Pacific region. Data prior to 2012 includes only NI headquarters and NI Hungary.

3In 2015, total waste generated was not available for one Americas location. The total for that location for that year does not include hazardous waste, electronic waste, or plastic packaging waste.