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Kimberly-Clark recognized as climate leader for achieving GHG goals


October 21, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Kimberly-Clark has announced that it received a 2021 Climate Leadership Award for ‘goal achievement in greenhouse gas management.’ The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry honoured the company with this award. This award recognizes companies that are able to achieve the aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals they set for themselves.

“We are honoured to receive this prestigious award for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our operations, especially since we were recognized for ‘Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management and Goal Setting’ as part of the Climate Leadership awards in 2018,” said Juan Marin, global energy and climate leader at Kimberly-Clark. “Our work to minimize the carbon footprint of our brands and businesses and do our part in the fight against climate change is part of how we deliver our purpose to provide better care for a better world.”

Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability strategy includes a 2030 target of a 50 percent reduction in its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions and a 20 percent reduction in GHG emissions in two Scope 3 categories – both from a 2015 base year.

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The company has a comprehensive approach in place to achieve its climate goals. Energy conservation, switching to lower-carbon fuels and increased use of renewable energy are part of this strategy.

Here are some recent achievements of Kimberly-Clark, for which it has been recognized with the award:

  • Entered long-term agreements to annually purchase 1.67 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity from three Texas wind power projects, which is equivalent to 75 percent of all of the electricity needs of its North America manufacturing operations.
  • Installed solar panels at three manufacturing facilities, generating nearly 6,100 megawatt hours of on-site electricity for the production of products such as toilet paper, diapers and wipes.
  • Switched to low-carbon alternatives for steam and power generation at two manufacturing facilities, eliminating 167,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to a four percent reduction of the company’s total GHG emissions.
  • Implemented over 120 energy conservation projects across its global manufacturing operations in 2020, leveraging energy best practices to realize emissions reductions of 42,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.

“Being a climate leader and advocate for ambitious action means taking the steps today that set up opportunity for the future,” said Nathaniel Keohane, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). “The Climate Leadership Awards recognizes only those that aim high and have plans in place to achieve their goals. Kimberly-Clark has shown exactly that kind of foresight and sets an example among its peers.”