Procter & Gamble has a short-term goal to source 30% of its energy from renewable energy by 2020, and a long-term goal to go power all its plants with 100% renewable electricity. Len Sauers, Vice President for Global Sustainability tells us more.
What are your motivations for becoming ‘100% renewable’?
Procter & Gamble recognizes the need to scale-up renewable energy to aid the transition to a low carbon economy. We have recently introduced new science-based goals to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 on our 2010 baseline and for 30% of our energy to come from renewable sources by the same year. Increasing our use of renewable electricity is an important part of our strategy to achieve these goals.
Why do you think RE100 is a good initiative to join?
We believe that collaboration with like-minded companies and organizations and peer-to-peer networking will help to drive success against our goals and our long-term vision to use 100% renewable energy. RE100 offers this, through its workshops and webinars and key events such as at Climate Week recognizes the need to scale-up renewable energy to aid the transition to a low carbon economy.
What process did you go through to decide on your 100% goal?
Our long-term vision was informed by input from hundreds of internal and external stakeholders. The intent of our vision is to identify key focus areas that would help enable the continued, long-term sustainable growth of the Company. Moving towards 100% renewable energy and achieving 30% by 2020 were seen as key elements of advancing progress vs. our vision.
What are your achievements so far?
We recently announced that we are partnering with Constellation energy to build a new on-site 50MW biomass plant at our Albany GA plant that will use waste wood to produce both steam and electricity for the site. As Albany is one of our largest energy users, this single project will have a significant impact on our overall use of renewable energy – raising our overall corporate average from 7% to roughly 13-15%.
What opportunities and challenges have you encountered as you have been rolling out your 100% goal?
Partnering with other like-minded companies presents an opportunity to help drive scale and accelerate progress on the uptake of renewable energy. That is why we have engaged in efforts like RE100 and WWF - the World Resources Institute’s Corporate Renewable Energy Buyer’s Principles.
One challenge that we will face is that some of our manufacturing operations require high process temperatures and the options to create those temperatures with renewable energy are limited today.
What plans are there for increasing your use of renewable electricity, and what do you expect the benefits to be ?
We are evaluating a broad portfolio of other renewable energy options that will drive reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions and should represent cost-effective solutions that drive even further progress against our goals.
Last updated: September 2015
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