By applying World Class Manufacturing principles, we can reduce energy, waste and water, while making our factories and offices more efficient. At the same time, we are looking to the future and exploring ways of continuing to manage our impact even after we have maximised our energy reductions. One way is by increasing our use of renewable electricity.

Science-based targets

Working with the Science Based Targets (SBT)​ initiative, we have committed to reducing our operational greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent by 2030 and 58 percent by 2040, from a 2015 baseline. With a climate goal already in place, the SBT initiative allowed us to reformulate targets to align with what science says is necessary to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of two degrees. At the same time, the SBT process has allowed us to look beyond our existing commitments and set a course of action through to 2040.

Energy efficiency

To meet our operational emission targets, we need to increase energy efficiency, buy and invest in renewable electricity and install more on-site renewable energy systems. Electricity consumption in our factories has remained stable since 2005, despite our business growing more than 30 percent during this time. Audits of our own factories carried out by external energy experts have identified additional opportunities to reduce energy use by 10-12 percent. We are currently implementing thes­­e recommendations and sharing best practice across all our sites. By the end of 2016, we had implemented around 78 percent of identified savings and were on track to reach 91 percent by the end of 2017.

The 2016 climate efficiency result for Supply Chain Operations Packaging Material factories showed an improvement of 21 percent compared with the 2010 baseline. Our work to increase efficiency covers use of all resources, as well as energy, and includes our customers’ operations.

Towards 100 percent renewable electricity

Having made steady progress towards energy-efficient operations, in 2016 we began the process of scaling our carbon reduction efforts further. We see renewable energy as key to our carbon reduction strategy and we announced our ambitious target to source 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, through a public commitment to RE100, a global network of businesses that have voluntarily pledged to source 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources. In 2016, our total electricity use was 845,058MWh, out of which 298,374 MWh was renewable electricity.

We currently have solar panel installations in seven factories around the world and five are purchasing 100 percent green electricity tariffs. We have completed our transition to 100 percent renewable electricity in China and in Sweden.

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