Sustainability in Our Facilities
As part of Clorox’s IGNITE strategy ESG goals, we have committed to science-based climate action across our value-chain, 100% renewable electricity in our US and Canada operations, and zero-waste-to-landfill in our global facilities. As we pursue these goals, we will continue to drive efficiency improvements that minimize our use of energy and water and generation of waste in our global operations. This builds on progress made during Clorox’s 2020 strategy period to drive more than 20% reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy use, water use and solid waste-to-landfill in our offices, manufacturing and distribution operations.
All Clorox facilities follow a customized environmental management system (EMS) that tracks, reports and enables continuous improvement to help advance the company’s sustainability goals. The EMS also includes a task management system designed to identify and track compliance with applicable environmental regulations. Regulatory agencies —at both the federal and local level —conduct inspections regularly at all of our manufacturing facilities, focusing on the health, safety and environmental compliance of our product lines. Clorox also ensures an external or internal audit is conducted at all Clorox-owned manufacturing facilities at least once every two years, led by the company’s Global Safety and Environmental Team. And our Product Supply Organization provides employees with general environmental awareness and subject-specific training related to their roles, including annual regulatory training which is tracked in our EMS.
For over a decade, we have set goals to conserve energy and minimize emissions. Since 2008, we have invested in more energy-efficient equipment and employed more eco-efficient manufacturing practices and successfully reduced our energy consumption by 32% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 16% on an absolute basis. This represents a reduction of 129,000 megawatt-hours used in 2019 versus 2007.
Energy efficiency is key to our overall climate change strategy and it also helps reduce our operational energy costs, even as we grow. As we continue to invest in reducing our own global manufacturing climate footprint, we are accelerating our commitment to clean, renewable energy for our operations as part of our IGNITE ESG goals focused on climate stewardship.
- Achieve 100% renewable electricity in our US/Canada operations in 2021.
- Drive continued energy efficiency improvements that achieve or exceed our 2018 baseline levels.
In 2019, we signed a 12-year, 70 megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America for the purchase of renewable energy beginning in 2021. Representing about half of Clorox’s 100% renewable electricity goal in its operations in the U.S. and Canada, this agreement is expected to help accelerate Clorox achieving its goal in 2021, four years ahead of the company’s original plan.
The 70MW VPPA for the purchase of renewable energy delivered to the electricity grid is for the second phase of Enel’s Roadrunner solar project to be built in Texas. Roadrunner is a 497-direct current megawatt (MWdc) solar project that is being built in two phases. Once fully operational, the solar plant could generate up to 1.2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, while avoiding an estimated 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
This VPPA allows us to scale our use of renewable energy, which is currently limited to one onsite solar installation at our Fairfield, California plant, which became operational in 2017. This was built with a third-party provider as a power purchase agreement (PPA).
Our Progress Year-Over-Year Reduction of GHG Emissions (2018-2019)
Since closing out our 2020 goal period in 2018, we will continue to report our annual energy use and conduct third-party independent assurance of this metric. While we have not set a new energy reduction goal, we will continue to pursue energy efficiency opportunities as we drive our renewable energy goals. Using 2018 as a baseline, in 2019 we achieved a 8% absolute and 6% intensity (per case of product sold) reduction in energy use relative to 2018. This represents a year-over-year energy savings of 56,000 megawatt-hours.
Year-Over-Year Reduction of Energy Consumption (2011-2019)
Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh) 2011 –2019:
|Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh)|
|Calendar Year||United States||International||Worldwide|
Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption (2019 data shown below):
|Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MWh|
|Fuel Type||United States||International||Worldwide|
|Other Mobile Sources||28||2||30|
Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption in ‘000 mega joules (2019 data shown below):
|Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MJ|
|Fuel Type||United States||International||Worldwide|
|Other Mobile Sources||99,213||8,906||108,119|
Solar Energy Installation
In fiscal year 2017, we installed solar panels at our Fairfield, California, plant and our regional distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. Both solar panel arrays were built with a third-party provider as power purchase agreements, or PPAs. That means we didn’t spend company money to build these projects, and the facilities buy the power produced from the third party instead of from the utility. While both arrays generate renewable energy, we do not claim the use of renewable energy or include the clean energy attributes of the Aberdeen RDC in the calculation of our GHG emissions because the third party retains the renewable energy credit rights in the PPA.
Oakland Headquarters LEED Certification
In 2010, Clorox was again recognized for its strong commitment to environmental stewardship when our corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, became one of only 38 buildings in the U.S. to achieve the highest level of eco recognition: platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design –Existing Building certification (LEED-EB). While we sold the Oakland building in 2013, we continue to lease office space from the facility which has maintained its LEED-EB Platinum status. For more information, read about workplace initiatives on our GHG emissions page.
Kingsford Plant Woodpile Cover
Our Kingsford® brand’s Summer Shade, Kentucky, manufacturing facility installed a fabric superstructure — slightly larger than a football field and nine stories tall — over its woodpile to prevent the material from being exposed to the elements. With the woodpile protected, less energy is required to dry it before it’s used to make char, a key ingredient for manufacturing charcoal briquets.
In the early 2010’s, we began to equip our manufacturing and distribution facilities with energy-efficient T5/T8 florescent lighting. In 2014, our engineering standards changed to specify LED lighting, which is more energy-efficient than florescent lighting, for all interior and exterior new construction and retrofits, and we consequently converted manyof the initial T5/T8 upgrades to LED. Today, all Clorox sites globally have retrofitted their lighting to more energy efficient types
Our facilities also completed energy assessments to further identify and reduce energy usage from their operating equipment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and implemented improved operating procedures.