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P&G Releases 17th Sustainability Report

New goal for greenhouse gas emission reduction, partnerships in renewable energy.

The Procter & Gamble Company has released its 17th annual sustainability report, highlighting recent efforts to address climate change and announcing new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 and two new partnerships with Constellation Energy and EDF RE that will increase the company’s use of renewable energy.
 
The report also details the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing of wood fiber and palm oil and the progress being made in this area.
 
The report details P&G’s work on:

• Climate: it updated its goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. Since 2010, P&G has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4%.
 
• Transportation: P&G said it has met its goal of delivering a 20% reduction in truck kilometers per unit of production, achieving a nearly 25% reduction since 2010. In addition, within North America, the firm said it has met its commitment to convert more than 20% of its truckloads to natural gas vehicles by 2016. This represents more than 14 million truck miles using cleaner burning natural gas while at the same time delivering several millions in cost savings.
 
• Wood Pulp: P&G reports that it has met its fiber sourcing goal to have 100% third-party certified virgin fiber in our tissue towel and absorbent hygiene products.
 
• Water: P&G said it has exceeded water reduction goal for manufacturing by delivering a 21% reduction since 2010.
 
• Waste: P&G said over the past three years, P&G has increased the number of zero manufacturing waste to landfill sites from 10% to nearly 50% of its manufacturing sites globally.
 
• Packaging; P&G reports that it has continued itsefforts on packaging optimization such as moving Pampers from boxes to bags in most parts of Western Europe—an initiative resulting in more than an 80% reduction in packaging material weight per diaper saving more than 6000 tones of packaging material or the weight of approximately 4000 mid-size cars.
 
 “Sustainability is a responsibility and a business opportunity. Since 2007, we have realized a cost savings of nearly $2 billion through waste and energy savings and have reduced our environmental impact. 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,” said P&G vice president of sustainability Len Sauers.
 
In addition, P&G also provided details on its Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, noting it will deliver 15 billion liters by 2020 working in partnership with humanitarian and emergency partners around the world.
 
“At P&G, we have a long history of introducing innovations that improve our environmental footprint and the communities where we live and work. Sustainability is integrated into the way we do business, and this report details the progress we have made in conserving resources, protecting the environment and improving social conditions for those who need it most,” said Martin Riant, group president and P&G executive sponsor of sustainability. “We are making great progress in increasing our use of renewable energy and are partnering with like-minded companies that are focused on innovation and cost effective solutions to address climate change.”

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