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100% of our electricity at our headquarters will be Green-e certified
Carbon Dioxide Equivalents per Metric Ton of Production
Carbon Dioxide Equivalents per Metric Ton of Production
Carbon Dioxide Equivalents per $1,000 of Sales
Carbon Dioxide Equivalents per $1,000 of Sales

Our Greenhouse Gas Footprint

Our Sustainability 2015 strategy set an enterprise goal of reducing our actual total GHG emissions by five percent from a 2010 baseline on an absolute basis, even after allowing for projected business growth.

Our strategy reflects our Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction policy, which was updated in 2011 and integrates our emission reduction goals with improved energy efficiency. It focuses on three approaches:

  • Energy conservation
  • Switching to lower or zero GHG-emitting fuels
  • Implementing renewable and alternative energy projects

Kimberly-Clark has established an internal team to identify risks and potential adaptations needed in response to climate change. The team looks at the potential consequences of climate change, such as which geographies and businesses may be exposed to the physical parameters of climate change and the magnitude of potential loss, as well as secondary effects such as raw material shortages and employee impact. It also evaluates the potential effects of regulatory changes, including carbon taxes, new product efficiency or labeling standards. The associated risks and opportunities are discussed in detail in our information filing with the Carbon Disclosure Project.

We have set an annual companywide target of a 1 percent absolute reduction in GHG emissions, and have implemented awareness, accountability and monitoring programs to track short- and long-term progress.

2011 Progress on GHG Reductions

During 2011, Kimberly-Clark's absolute global emissions reduction was approximately 66,000 metric tons of CO2e. This equates to a 1.2 percent reduction in GHG emissions from the 2010 baseline year, primarily driven by lower global production levels at our mills. We remain on track to achieve our 2015 5 percent absolute GHG reduction goal and are targeting an additional one percent absolute emissions reduction in 2012.

Our GHG reduction initiatives include:

Solar Panels Cut Energy Costs and Emissions

Since some of our mills are located in sunny climates, Kimberly-Clark’s Global Energy Solutions Team (GEST) identified locations where solar would be a potential alternative energy source. In October 2011, our mill in Romagnano, Italy, completed installation of a rooftop solar panel system. The project is expected to enable the mill to reduce its purchases from the Italian electricity grid by 10 percent while reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 600 metric tons of CO2e, the equivalent of taking 200 cars off the road. The solar panel installation, which was done in tandem with a necessary roof upgrade, was undertaken with financial assistance from the Italian government. Building on the Romagnano achievement, a solar feasibility study, focused on Asia-Pacific facilities, was conducted in 2011, with potential sites in India and Malaysia under evaluation.

Renewable Energy

In July 2011, Kimberly-Clark began purchasing wind power for our world headquarters in Dallas through the use of Green-e energy certified power from Constellation Energy. The certificates will match 100 percent of electricity use at our Dallas headquarters (approximately 3,300 megawatt hours of electricity per year) from July 2011 through June 2014. Kimberly-Clark’s certificates are sourced from wind-energy facilities in Texas.

Travel Emissions

A new "carbon report card" is increasing awareness of GHG reduction for Kimberly-Clark North American employees who travel as part of their job. The Travel Carbon Report Card, issued quarterly Kimberly-Clark, lists the amount of carbon emissions generated by business travel in the reporting period along with the year-over-year percentage change. The report card is designed to inform employees of how their business travel impacts the environment. It also encourages them to reduce emissions and costs by using video and teleconferencing when possible, and registers their commitments with Kimberly-Clark’s Small Steps for Sustainability program.

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Reduction in water use and maintain quality of discharge

Using a 2010 baseline, we have reduced our absolute water consumption by nearly 1 percent while maintaining water quality.

Fiber from certified suppliers

Nearly 100 percent of our fiber is sourced from third-party-certified suppliers such as the Forest Stewardship Council.

Absolute reduction in GHG

We reduced our absolute global greenhouse gas emissions by over 1 percent, based on a 2010 baseline, primarily driven by lower production levels at our mills.

manufacturing waste to landfill

Under 22 percent of our waste is currently sent to landfills, and our global nonwovens facilities have been virtually landfill-free for a decade.

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