Kimberly-Clark has begun purchasing approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours (245 megawatts - MW) of renewable energy from two new wind power projects in North America, which is equivalent to about one-third of the electricity needs of Kimberly-Clark’s North American manufacturing operations.
This will enable the company to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 550,000 metric tons annually. This is equivalent to removing 117,773 passenger vehicles driven for one year from the road, or not burning more than 600 million pounds of coal annually.
The renewable energy supplied by the two wind farms will also help the company to surpass its goal four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels.
“These agreements mark Kimberly-Clark’s first use of utility-scale renewable energy and are a step-change in our energy and climate strategy to reduce climate change impacts, improve operating efficiency and benefit cost savings,” said Lisa Morden, Vice President Safety and Sustainability.
“These two renewable energy projects, combined with a number of other energy initiatives across the company put Kimberly-Clark on-track to deliver significant multimillion dollar cost savings from energy and climate projects by 2022,” Morden said. “It’s a great demonstration of sustainability initiatives having both great environmental and business benefits.”
These two renewable energy projects build on extensive work undertaken by Kimberly-Clark to reduce its carbon footprint and create business value through greater energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy programs including:
• Six large-scale electricity cogeneration facilities with waste heat recovery, including projects under construction at the company’s Mobile, Alabama, Chester, Pennsylvania and Puenta Piedra, Peru manufacturing facilities which are all scheduled to start-up in 2019
• Four biomass thermal energy generating plants that provide steam for the company’s tissue operations; and
•More than 350 energy conservation initiatives completed by the company across its operations since 2015.
To support the growth of renewable energy sources, Kimberly-Clark has signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, a collaboration of leading companies seeking simplified access to renewable electricity to meet their clean and low carbon energy goals.
"We used the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles when evaluating the business case for pursuing the uptake of utility-scale renewable energy with the EDF and Invenergy projects. Therefore, it was a natural, but significant step for us to formally sign on and publicly endorse the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles" said Morden.
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