Contributing to Climate Action

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We have long recognized the urgency to limit climate change and drive an environmental protection strategy that leads by example with demonstrable results.

While striving for operational excellence, our company continues to seek opportunities to use development and manufacturing processes that do not adversely affect the planet, including improving operations and technologies to minimize energy and waste; prevent air, water, and other pollution; minimize health and safety risks; and dispose of waste safely and responsibly.

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, our manufacturing teams kept making and shipping products, many of which are core to those essential products that make the world work or help keep people safe during a worldwide crisis. We also leveraged 2020 to accelerate transformation and build back smarter, making our facilities more sustainable, supported by meaningful projects that continuously reinforce our commitment to resources and environmental conservation.

Reducing Footprint With Strategic Programs

In 2020, we replaced more than 80 trucks in North America across our Global Business Units (GBUs) as part of our electric forklifts program, converting half of them from propane to electric, resulting in nearly $200,000 in energy savings and 453,000 pounds of COreduction.
The benefits include contributing to a safer and cleaner environment with climate action via a low carbon and clean energy fleet. As part of the 2019-2021 strategic plan, the company intends to reduce GHG emissions by more than 1 million pounds by extending the forklift conversion to some key sites in Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa (EIMEA) throughout 2021. Additionally, we are currently assessing more opportunities in other regions, such as Asia Pacific and Latin America, as the program evolves. This joint effort, led by our Global Sourcing, Operations, and EHS teams, is also bringing us 38% savings in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) year-over-year.

 

Rionegro, Colombia

Our Rionegro plant serves a significant number of Hygiene customers in Latin America and is a local benchmark in sustainable practices. The site was designed to capture and re-use most of the rainwater as irrigation water and for fighting fires. In 2020, we replaced 100% of the lamps in the factory to LED technology and invested in solar panels for self-sustaining illumination of the property, which resulted in 30% less energy consumption

Langelsheim, Germany

We made a solid investment in an improved, specialized air leakage detection system to enhance the efficiency of our compressed air system in Langelsheim. Our local team of experts implemented the new technical system, generating 40% reduction of compressed air consumption relative to the prior year average. The initiative contributed to decreased electricity usage to produce the compressed air needed for our daily operations

Manila, Philippines

In the Philippines, where we serve mostly paper converting and packaging customers, we are committed to our sustainable targets and took direct action in reducing 50% of fuel consumption and 50% carbon emissions by deploying a new 30 HP steam boiler with enhanced power and capacity.