Change is in the air

Around the world, our teams are dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage for a better and cleaner tomorrow.

At P&G, we are committed to doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that impact climate change. Our efforts to increase our use of renewable energy will be critical in helping us achieve our new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. We have worked with World Wildlife Fund to understand the importance of science-based goals and have taken several steps in 2015 to help reduce our greenhouse gas and energy footprint:

  • We announced in 2015 a partnership with EDF RE that will enable P&G plants that produce Fabric & Home Care products in the US and Canada such as Tide, Downy, Febreze and Cascade with 100% wind electricity by the end of 2016. This will eliminate 200,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
  • We are partnering with Constellation Energy to build a 50-megawatt biomass plant at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities where Charmin and Bounty products are made. This facility will produce 100% of the steam and up to 60 – 70% of the total energy for the site from renewable sources and this plant, along with the EDF RE wind farm, will nearly double the company’s use of renewable energy.
  • We became members of Climate Savers, a programme sponsored by WWF to enable leadership companies to collaborate and accelerate their efforts to address climate change.
  • We joined RE 100 – a global initiative to engage, support and showcase influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power led by the Climate Group.

We also signed specific pledges to show we are taking voluntary action to drive renewable and reduce deforestation:

  • Renewable Energy Buyers Principles which complements RE100 as they developed with 42 other companies to encourage progress on resolving the challenges faced when buying renewable energy,
  • We Mean Business which is a coalition of businesses and investors dedicated to promoting action to prevent climate change.
  • The CEREs climate pledge designed to expand and accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions.
  • The American Business Act on Climate Change to indicate that we have a role to play in reducing GHG emissions.
  • CO2 and energy reduction goals

Here are what some of our other plants are doing to reduce their energy footprint.

CO2 and energy reduction goals

Our Beauty Care plant in Ireland revamped from top to bottom, installing energy efficient lighting, adding ultrasonic detection to identify and repair compressed air leaks, and eliminating steam leaks to drive both energy and cost savings. Since 2010, the site reduced energy consumption by 12%, CO2 emissions by 16%.

Olay Regenerist product bottle

In Mehoopany, PA., USA, our plant self-generates 100% of the site’s electrical needs in addition to a significant amount of steam and hot air that is used to dry our Bounty and Charmin products. This project, which was three years in the making, allows P&G’s largest facility to move from purchased electricity (coming from a utility supply heavily dependent on coal) to substantially cleaner electricity produced from natural gas. This project helped reduce CO2 emissions by more than 120,000 metric tons per year.

Charmin product

Our Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in Boston, MA. USA, is one of the largest blades and razors manufacturing facilities in the world. Over 60 conservation projects have been completed since 2010, saving enough electricity to power over 1,700 average U.S. homes for a year. To help achieve breakthrough results, the site has created innovative sustainability partnerships with the local electricity provider, universities, and the City of Boston.

Learn more about how we encourage responsible greenhouse gas emissions by reading our Policy on Climate Change.

Gillete headquarters