Our 150-year anniversary in 2022 is a major milestone for us. We're looking forward with a strong focus on increasing our energy efficiency and use of alternate energy sources each year..
And we've already made great strides. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized Kimberly-Clark with one of only 17 Climate Leadership Awards. The national award honors companies that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chain. We received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management "Goal Achievement Award" for achieving a 6.9 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over four years.
"We're proud of the progress we've made in finding ways to grow sustainably," said Sandra MacQuillan, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. "We're increasing efforts to educate, excite and engage employees around sustainability by demonstrating how it connects with our vision and values as a company."
In total, we’ve reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 10 percent over the last decade. And we're setting our goals for the future even higher, by planning to reduce our emissions by 20 percent (when compared to 2005) — even as we continue to grow.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
At Kimberly-Clark, we can point to many innovations that have improved energy efficiency and introduced alternative, lower carbon solutions. But Stewart Van Horn, Global Director of Energy Solutions, points out that it wouldn’t be possible without our people. "Teams across the globe have worked diligently to build a culture of conservation, and together we have exceeded our 2015 energy and climate goals", said Van Horn. “As a result, we’ve found new, more efficient ways to generate power using biomass and co-generation and have established programs to conserve energy. This was all made possible by the hardwork of K-C employees around the world.” By working together across the globe, we’re making smart decisions about how we grow. Our people are committed to finding new methods of generating power and will continue to find savings through expanding energy conservation, alternative energy and co-generation, with a focus on reducing our impact on the environment.
More than 30 of our manufacturing facilities are adopting a system called LEAN Energy Management. This system allows team members to closely monitor energy use and challenge themselves to find ways to reduce consumption. Since our team in El Salvador pioneered the LEAN Energy Management system, it has been adopted by other sites around the world.
Biomass — a renewable, organic material, such as wood waste — is considered a carbon-neutral fuel. We are using responsibly sourced biomass to generate energy at a number of our mills around the world as one alternative to fossil fuels. For instance, we are generating electricity and steam at our mill in Mobile, Alabama, in the United States; and steam to help power our operations at mills in Correia Pinto in Brazil and Sitio del Niño in EL Salvador.
We’re also introducing co-generation at a number of our mills around the globe. Co-generation utilizes clean-burning natural gas to generate electricity while recovering waste-heat. This makes operations more efficient. Our mill in Fullerton, California, began co-generation in 2002 and was Kimberly-Clark’s first gas turbine co-generation system. Since then, the success of the Fullerton co-generation project has led to similar installations in New Milford, Connecticut; Romagnano, Italy; and Millicent, Australia.
These innovations have allowed us to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases while we continue to grow. Scott Whicker is the Mill manager at our Millicent Mill in Australia. He knows firsthand how sustainability initiatives can deliver both environmental and business results. "Not only does our award-winning co-generation facility help reduce C02 emissions, it also helps us save money through energy efficiencies. The project has challenged us to think about what else we can do to drive both business and sustainability results.” Over the next seven years, we're aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and exceed the achievements of the past 10 years combined. This will be possible through expanding energy conservation, alternative energy and co-generation — and by continuing to make sustainability part of everything we do.
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