We have focused on energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse emissions associated with energy used in our manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities, as well as in our offices. These efforts have reduced our energy costs and consumption. For more details, visit our Energy webpage for details.
We have increased the environmental efficiency of our finished product distribution markedly by moving from truck to more efficient rail. On average, 30% of Clorox finished goods distribution miles are by rail.
Through the 2020 Goal Period (as well as in our current IGNITE period) Clorox has been a Transport Partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program. Clorox qualified to be a SmartWay Transport Partner by using qualified SmartWay carriers for over 95% of our truck freight miles. These carriers enable Clorox to measure, benchmark, and track efforts to increase efficiency and fuel economy. This is a prestigious designation for us, akin to the Energy Star qualification many of our facilities have achieved.
This designation expanded our environmental partnership with the EPA, which includes our membership in their WasteWise and Safer Choice programs. We’ve also conducted extensive network reconfiguration and optimization of shipments between our plants, co-packers, distribution centers and customers.
We’re committed to reducing our workplace energy use and commensurate GHG emissions. In recent years, we’ve reduced business travel by more than 20%.
In 2010, our corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, became one of only 38 buildings in the U.S. to have achieved platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building certification (LEED-EB) – the highest environmental recognition an existing building can achieve. Built in 1976, this 24-floor skyscraper was one of the oldest buildings to achieve this environmental certification level. LEED-EB certification, administered by the U.S. Green Business Council, focuses on lowering the environmental footprint of an existing building’s operations and maintenance. Platinum certification is the highest of four certification levels the LEED program offers.
To earn this certification, Clorox made dozens of building improvements, including:
- Replaced every plumbing fixture, toilet and urinal to reduce water consumption by over 40% (approximately 1.5 million gallons annually)
- Replaced more than 1,700 lamps to more eco-efficient lighting
- Made numerous efficiency improvements to the building’s heating, cooling and ventilation system — like high-efficiency boilers and water heaters
- Moved to non-potable water for all irrigation
- Implemented solid waste recycling and composting programs
While we sold the Oakland building in 2013, we continued to lease office space from the facility. Our 2010 LEED achievement distinguished Clorox as an environmental leader with a strong commitment to environmental stewardship.
Renewable energy sources: Kingsford
Kingsford® retort furnaces convert renewable wood scrap to make char. Much of the heat generated from this process is, in turn, used to dry waste wood raw material as well as finished charcoal briquets, and to power steam boilers that are used for other Kingsford manufacturing operations, thereby reducing use of fossil-fueled electricity these plants need to pull from the grid.
Renewable energy credits and carbon offsets
Burt’s Bees® Natural Personal Care Products, a Clorox division, began offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon offsets and became a Natural Capital Partners CarbonNeutral-certified company in 2015. GHG emissions from Burt’s Bees operations are now approximately 0.5% of Clorox’s total annual GHG emissions.