This week at Climate Week NYC, Procter & Gamble joined RE100, an ambitious global campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, along with 8 other leading US-based businesses. Len Sauers, Vice President, Global Sustainability for P&G outlines the multinational manufacturer's journey to renewable energy so far - and where it is headed in the future.
A number of years ago, we set a long-term vision to use 100% renewable energy at all our plants, along with other sustainability commitments, such as using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging, having zero consumer and manufacturing waste, and designing products that meet consumer demand but maximize the conservation of resources.
We established a series of shorter-term goals in 2010 to create a path toward this new reality. And we’re now raising the bar higher.
P&G recently announced it has adopted a new science-based goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline. Our new goal was developed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, which helped us understand the relevance and importance of science-based targets, and was a critical partner in guiding our thinking.
Having achieved an approximate 4% reduction in GHG emissions on an absolute basis since 2010, this is a stretching goal – but it’s one we feel we can achieve.
Our focus on energy conservation has been, and will continue to be, an important way for us to reduce our GHG emissions. Plus, energy conservation is smart business – as you save energy you save money. Energy efficiency improvements at P&G have resulted in a cost savings of more than US$350 million since 2010.
Renewable energy will be another critical driver for us to achieve our GHG emissions reduction goal. We have a goal to achieve 30% renewable energy by 2020; we will need to hit that goal in order drive absolute reductions in GHG emissions.
A continued focus on partnership will also be essential for us to reach our renewable energy and emissions reduction goals. Collaboration is critical as the issues we are trying to solve are bigger than any one company. Being a part of RE100 will allow for peer-to-peer networking with like-minded companies, as we work together to create scalable energy solutions.
It is exciting to see the changes we are making in our operations, the benefits created for the business and the progress we are making against our sustainability goals. But we’re energized by our partnerships and the efforts we see from peer companies and non-profit colleagues.
While there’s still a great deal of work ahead of us, we are inspired to see the world making and putting ambitious plans into action, to address the key environmental challenges of our time.