Goals & Progress

Caterpillar has set aspirational, long-term goals for its operations and product stewardship. We believe these standards affirm our determination to lead our industry to a more sustainable future.

We focus on efficiency improvements, and these efforts contributed to year-over-year performance gains in most areas in 2018. Improved sales and revenue, in addition to efficiency gains made in the last several years, are reflected in the improved performance toward our 2020 intensity targets.

Goal/KPI Baseline 2015 2016 2017 2018 2020 Goal Perspective
GOAL: Reduce recordable workplace injury rate to 0.6 and lost-time injury case rate to 0.15 by 2020.
Recordable Injury Frequency (RIF)
Recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked
0.59 0.50 0.49 0.53 0.60 We have improved our Recordable Injury Frequency rate by 91.5 percent from our 2003 base year. However, our RIF increased by 8 percent from 2017 to 2018. Relentless focus on safety is important for our team members in all work areas. Our vision has always been, and continues to be, zero injuries. Our safety goals represent expected progress on our path to zero. While we acknowledge that our current RIF has surpassed our long-established goals, we will continue to strive for improvement until we reach our ultimate goal of zero.

We have improved our Lost-Time Case Frequency Rate by 94.6 percent from our 2003 base year. We are encouraged that our LTCFR declined by approximately 6 percent from 2017 to 2018, even when our RIF increased modestly. We strive for all team members to go home safe, every day.
Lost-Time Case Frequency Rate (LTCFR)
Work-related injuries resulting in lost time per 200,000 hours worked
0.20 0.19 0.17 0.16 0.15
GOAL: Reduce energy intensity by 50 percent from 2006 to 2020.
Energy Intensity1
Absolute gigajoules energy use/million dollars of revenue
525 598 521 466 346 Operational energy intensity has decreased 33% from the base year, while absolute energy consumption decreased 11% during the same period.
GOAL: Use alternative/renewable sources to meet 20 percent of our energy needs by 2020.
Renewable Energy4,5,6

Alternative and renewable electrical energy use/total electrical use x 100
N/A* 27.1% 27.9% 31.2% 32.5% 20% In 2018, 32.5% of our electrical energy was from renewable or alternative sources. In 2018, 17.4% of our electrical energy was from renewable sources.
GOAL: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 50 percent from 2006 to 2020.
GHG Emissions1,2 Intensity
Absolute metric tons
of CO2e/million dollars
of revenue
48.6 54.2 46.4 40.3 36.0 GHG intensity has decreased 44% since the base year. In addition, our absolute GHG emissions decreased by 26% from the base year; however, they increased 4.7% from 2017 to 2018.
GOAL: Reduce water consumption intensity by 50 percent from 2006 to 2020.
Water Consumption Intensity1,7
Absolute thousand gallons of water/million dollars of revenue
58.9 66.0 58.1 47.2 38.2 Water consumption intensity has decreased 38% since the base year and 19% from 2017 to 2018. In addition, absolute water consumption has decreased by 35% since 2006 and reduced 5% from 2017 to 2018.
GOAL: Reduce by-product materials intensity by 50 percent from 2006 to 2020.
By-Product Materials Intensity
Absolute metric tons of by-product materials/million dollars of revenue
14.3 14.5 13.2 11.6 6.9 By-product materials intensity has decreased 16% since the base year.
GOAL: Design all new facility construction to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or comparable green building criteria.
Buildings designed
in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED BD+C
(Building Design and Construction) certification process or comparable criteria
N/A* 33% 100% 100% 100% 100% Facilities designed to the LEED criteria are more energy- and resource-efficient than traditional construction.
In 2018, our Zebrak, Czech Republic, facility met the requirements of certification in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED BD+C (Building Design and Construction) process.
GOAL: Provide leadership in the safety of people in, on and around our products.
See Product Stewardship            
GOAL: Increase managed fleet hours by 100 percent from 2013 to 2020.
Fleet Hours
Percent increase
from 2013
N/A* 68% 98% 124% 249% 100% Demand from our customers continues to grow for solutions provided by our Job Site Solutions team in partnership with our Cat® dealers.
GOAL: Increase remanufactured and rebuild business sales by 20 percent from 2013 to 2020.
Percent business sales growth since 20138
N/A* -15% -13% 2% 7% 20% Our remanufacturing and rebuild businesses provide customers with immediate cost savings, help extend product life cycles and use materials more efficiently. We seek to continue
to grow these businesses.
Percent business sales growth since 20138
N/A* -3% -10% 14% 17%
GOAL: Leverage technology and innovation to improve sustainability of our products, services and solutions for our customers.
Reported sales and revenues
derived from products, services and solutions that demonstrate an improved sustainability benefit over prior offerings10
N/A* 18% 21% 21% 19% NA* Caterpillar has a long history of and a strong process for innovation in the research and development of products and solutions.

*NA=not applicable
Endnotes providing additional details regarding the data presented are available here.