P&G hits energy reduction targets four years early
Proctor & Gamble (P&G) has released its first ever citizenship report detailing how it has met its energy and water use reduction targets four years early. This report on sustainability showed that the accelerated progress in reducing energy use was due in large part to its employee engagement programme. This encourages staff to make a series of small changes – such as switching off lights when leaving a meeting room – to reduce energy consumption.
The original goal was to reduce energy usage by 20 percent by 2020 from its levels in 2010.
As well as this, P&G has also hit targets for a reduction in water use. The goal was to cut use by 20 percent by 2020, in 2016 the company has reduced water use by 24 percent.
The report also updates on the progress of the firm's other 2020 sustainability goals on climate and waste.
Overall, the firm has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2010 levels, with its overall goal 30 percent by 2020. Almost 10 percent of its plants are also now powered by renewable energy, with the company having set a target of 30 per cent by 2020.
Meanwhile, all of P&G's Charmin toilet paper products are now Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance certified, while the report also said it was on track to deliver on its zero deforestation commitments in its supply chains by 2020.
Longer term, the company has set a number of sustainability targets. This includes powering all of its plants with 100 per cent renewable energy; using 100 per cent renewable or recycled materials for all of its products and packaging; sending zero waste to landfill; and boosting the eco-design of its products.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.