Henkel, the company behind Dial, Purex, Right Guard and other personal care brands, reduced its energy consumption by over nine percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report.
In 2011, the German multinational used 2.2 million MWh of energy compared to 2.4 million in the previous year. At the same time, the company increased sales from €15.1 million to €15.6 million.
Since 2007, when the company used just over 3 million MWh of energy, Henkel’s energy consumption has fallen 29 percent.
The company has made strides in reducing its consumption of its three largest sources of energy. Henkel’s use of gas and fuel oil all fell around six percent year-on-year. Its use of bought-in-energy dropped 16 percent over that time period. However, the company’s use of coal – the energy source it relies on least – remained constant from 2010 to 2011.
It follows, then, that Henkel has also reduced its carbon footprint year-on-year. In 2010 the company produced a total of 714,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. In 2011 Henkel produced 655,000 metric tons of CO2 – almost a nine percent drop, not including Scope 3 emissions.
The company reduced its Scope 1 CO2 emissions by 5.5 percent and Scope 2 emissions by 11.5 percent year-on-year. Since 2007 emissions from Scopes 1 and 2 have dropped 33 percent and 22 percent respectively.
The company produced 792,000 metric tons of Scope 3 emissions in 2011 – more than its Scope 1 and 2 totals combined. Of that total, 630,000 metric tons of carbon come from transporting products, 92,000 from business travel and 70,000 from administration sites. The report does not detail progress on Scope 3 emissions from previous years.
Looking forward, Henkel is targeting a further 15 percent reduction in energy consumption – and the associated carbon dioxide emissions – per production unit by 2015, measured against a 2010 baseline. It will also be carrying out regular checks of production sites to determine whether the use of renewable energy sources is ecologically and economically worthwhile.
Henkel’s production of waste for recycling or disposal fell 6.5 percent from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, the company produced 145,000 metric tons of such waste, down from 155,000 metric tons in 2010 and down 23.5 percent from 2007. Waste for disposal (including hazardous waste) totaled 56,000 metric tons in 2011, down 12.5 percent from 64,000 metric tons in 2010.
The company’s waste for recycling dropped just over 2 percent year-on-year from 91,000 metric tons in 2010 to 89,000 metric tons in 2011.
Henkel wants a further 15 percent reduction in its waste footprint per production unit by 2015, again measured against 2010 levels. It also says it is committed to developing packaging with the smallest possible ecological footprint.
Henkel has made progress on the amount of water it is using and the amount of wastewater it is producing. The company’s water consumption dropped from 8.6 million cubic meters in 2010 to 7.9 million cubic meters in 2011 – almost a nine percent drop. The volume of wastewater produced by Henkel in 2011 was 3.6 million cubic meters, down 9.5 percent from just over 4 million cubic meters in the previous year.
Since 2007 the company’s water consumption has dropped 33 percent and its production of wastewater has fallen 35 percent. Henkel is looking for a further 15 percent reduction in water consumption by 2015, against a 2010 baseline.
The company also plans to increase the proportion of biodegradable ingredients in its soaps, shower gels and shampoos to 90 percent by 2012.
In March 2011, Henkel was named as one of the most ethical consumer products companies in the world. The German multinational joined Colgate-Palmolive and Kao Corporation in Ethisphere’s annual ranking of ethical companies by sector.
Environment Leader’s report on the company’s 2009 sustainability report can be read here.