Energy

We are committed to reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 (per case sold vs. 2011) worldwide. That’s why we’re investing in more energy efficient equipment and employing more eco-efficient manufacturing practices. Reducing energy not only reduces our costs; it’s also better for the environment.

Since 2008, we have reduced our energy consumption by 20 percent on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 14 percent on an absolute basis. This represents 108,000 Mwh of energy saved since 2008. Four years into our current 2020 goal period, we have reduced our energy consumption by 14 percent on an intensity basis (per case of product sold versus 2011) versus our 20 percent reduction goal. On an absolute basis we have reduced energy use by 10 percent in this same period. This represents a reduction of 77,000 Mwh of energy used in 2015 versus 2011. 

The data below shows our energy consumption since 2007.

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total Energy Consumption (‘000 of MWh) 795 799 764 743 764 713 701 736 687
Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh)
Calendar Year United States International Worldwide
2005 426 127 553
2006 423 131 554
2007 439 132 571
2008 433 137 570
2009 405 135 540
2010 398 116 514
2011 380 116 496
2012 368 109 477
2013 343 106 449
2014 346 111 457
2015 348 88 436

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption (2015 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MWh
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 172 17 189
Fuel Oil 21 1 22
Propane 3 1 4
Other Mobile Sources 31 5 36

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption in ‘000 mega joules (2015 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MJ
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 617,700 61,600 679,200
Fuel Oil 77,600 2,600 80,200
Propane 12,700 2,000 14,700
Other Mobile Sources 112,500 18,200 130,800
Operations Charts: Energy 2015

*Clorox sold its Oakland, California, offices in 2013 and discontinued its Venezuela operations in 2014. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 GHG emissions reduction goal) was recalculated to exclude GHG emissions from these facilities. Data for 2012 and 2013 were not recalculated.

Major Accomplishments

We’re proud of our accomplishments, and we know it’s only a start. To help us meet our energy goals, we’ve contracted with an outside bill pay agency that pays all of our energy bills. This service provides access to a web-based database that allows facility managers to track and minimize energy usage. So far, we’ve completed lighting retrofits to high efficiency T5/T8 fluorescent bulbs with motion sensors in all of our North American facilities. And we continue to expand the lighting retrofit program to all of our international locations.

We’ve also completed energy audits at all of our facilities in North America and globally that have helped us zero in on how we can be operating equipment, air compressor systems and HVAC systems more efficiently. Currently, we are conducting energy audit workshops at our International locations.