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Procter & Gamble Sustainability Report: Energy, GHGs Down 3%

P&G energyProcter & Gamble has cut energy use by over 3 percent in the past year, on a per unit of production basis, according to its latest sustainability report.

Since 2010, P&G has reduced its energy usage by 8 percent per unit of production. On an absolute basis, energy use fell from 74.4 million GJ in 2011 to 72.3 million GJ in 2013.

The company’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions per unit production also saw a 3 percent reduction over the year, and have fallen 11 percent since 2010.

That puts the company well on its way to achieving its goal of reducing both by 20 percent by 2020.

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P&G’s Nenah, Ireland plant has cut energy consumption by 12 percent and CO2 emissions by 16 percent since 2010 by installing energy-efficient lighting, using ultrasonic detection to identify and repair compressed air leaks, and eliminating steam leaks.

Across its supply chain, the company says that hot water washes are its largest energy footprint. P&G says that through products like Tide Coldwater and Ariel Cool Clean, and through partnerships with washing machine suppliers, it helped increase the number of global consumer laundry loads washed in cold water from 38 percent to 50 percent since financial year 2010/2011. It is aiming for 70 percent by 2020.

P&G committed to convert about 20 percent of its North America for-hire transportation network to natural gas powered trucks over the next two years, and also to reduce truck transportation kilometers by 20 percent per unit of production. Since 2010, it has cut the latter metric by 12 percent.

P&G aims to power its plants with 30 percent renewable energy by 2020, up from about 7.5 percent today. During the past fiscal year, its plant in Huangpu, China partnered with a local utility supplier to install rooftop solar panels, which it expects will eliminate 600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Report overview

This is Procter & Gamble’s 15th annual sustainability report. The company says that this year it achieved absolute reductions in waste, water, CO2 and energy – all four of the company’s major manufacturing footprints. The report provides a good overview of these areas, with clearly presented key metrics, although occasionally it lacks information about how P&G achieved certain reductions.

The company’s brands include Always, Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Dawn, Downy, Duracell, Febreze, Gilette, Iams, Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene and Tide.

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