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Johnson & Johnson Sets Goals for Carbon, Water, Waste, Renewables

Johnson & Johnson is targeting a 20 percent cut in facility CO2 emissions by 2020 and a 10 percent cut in water use by 2015, as part of a suite of new goals unveiled yesterday.

The environmental goals form part of the health and personal care company’s five year sustainability roadmap, called Healthy Future 2015.

The goals include:

  • A 20 percent absolute reduction in facility CO2 emissions, from a 2010 baseline, by 2020
  • Increasing onsite renewable and clean-technology energy capacity to 50 megawatts by 2015, from a baseline of 30 MW in 2010
  • A 20 percent decrease in fleet CO2 emissions per kilometer driven, from a 2010 baseline, by 2015
  • A 10 percent absolute reduction in water consumption, from a 2010 baseline, by 2015
  • A 10 percent absolute reduction in total waste disposal, from a 2010 baseline, by 2015
  • All new products and packaging evaluated for sustainability improvements, with 60 achieving Earthwards designation by 2015.

Supply-chain goals for 2015, related to the environment, call for:

  • All strategic suppliers to have two or more publicly-reported sustainability goals
  • All palm oil and palm oil derivatives to be sourced from certified sustainable sources.

Other goals cover global health, employee engagement, philanthropy and transparency.

The company has also launched a new corporate responsibility website, www.jnj.com/responsibility, which it says will provide ongoing transparency on Healthy Future 2015 and other initiatives. The online portal covers more than 100 aspects of the Company’s citizenship and sustainability commitments and priorities; policies and practices; achievements and challenges; and goals and related performance.

Last September, on the campus of Janssen, a division of J&J subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the company flipped the switch on what was then the largest power plant in New Jersey.

The 4.1 MW solar photovoltaic array of 13,496 ground-mounted panels tracks the sun from east to west, and was estimated to generate enough energy to provide 70 percent of the site’s annual electricity needs, or roughly the amount needed to power 600 homes annually.

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