In 2020, we successfully implemented projects that reduced water use by 119 million gallons.
We are inspired to do our part to make the world a better place. That’s why we place great emphasis on minimizing environmental impacts when producing products for customers and consumers around the world. Our efforts include a focus on protecting water quality, reducing fresh-water use and improving our mix of renewable energy sources, recognizing the importance of these actions in light of the effects of climate change.
To minimize our environmental impact, we set goals to reduce our nonrenewable energy use, water use, solid waste sent to landfills and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10 percent by 2020 at our domestic manufacturing facilities. These goals were established on a target to implement projects that provide absolute reductions equaling 10 percent of our base-year level (2011). We invest in our facilities and establish specific metrics to improve the efficiency of our operations to help meet these environmental goals across the company.
In addition to these goals, we aimed to reduce our product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020. Our packaging team regularly evaluates our packaging designs, consistently looking for minimization opportunities.
Our Environmental Progress
Reduce nonrenewable energy use, water use, solid waste sent to landfills and GHG emissions by 10 percent, and reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds.
5.7K+Metric Ton Reduction
In 2020, we implemented projects that resulted in a reduction of over 5,700 metric tons of GHG emissions from our domestic manufacturing operations, reaching 83 percent of our goal when combined with our progress since 2012. While we did not reach our 2020 goal, we are excited to have a portfolio of renewable energy and efficiency projects in development that will exceed the goal level in the coming years.
In 2020, we implemented projects that resulted in reduced energy use exceeding 98,000 MMBtu. When combined with our results since 2012, we have surpassed our reduction target of 692,000 MMBtu by 32 percent.
After surpassing our 2020 goal in 2016 to reduce water use by 0.5 billion gallons, we have continued to achieve additional reductions. In 2020, we successfully implemented projects that reduced water use by 119 million gallons, exceeding our goal by 106 percent when combined with our progress since 2012.
We surpassed our solid waste sent to landfills reduction goal in 2014. In 2020, we implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 38 tons.
553K+Pounds In Savings*
In 2020, our packaging team’s sustainability initiatives resulted in more than 553,000 pounds in savings.* When combined with our progress made since 2012, we have surpassed our goal to reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020 by nearly 7 percent.
$3.9M+In Facility Improvements**
We implemented more than $3.9 million in facility improvements related to environmental sustainability efforts.**
*Savings are estimated annualized savings based on a full year of volume.
**Excludes wastewater improvements.