GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - August 5, 2019
HanesBrands ahead of RE schedule
Renewable energy sources accounted for 40% of HanesBrands energy use in 2018, up 7 percentage points compared with 2017. This level of renewable energy reliance met the company’s 2020 goal of 40% two years early.
HanesBrands also achieved a 22% reduction in energy use per pound of production in 2018 versus its 2007 baseline and against a goal of 40%. To date, the company’s energy reduction efforts have delivered a cumulative total cost avoidance of more than $220 million. Additionally, the company posted a 34% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions versus its 2007 baseline, nearing its 2020 goal of a 40% reduction. Bolstered by the significant jump in Hanes’ use of renewable energy, the company posted a nearly double-digit decrease versus 2017.
These results were presented as part of HanesBrands 2019 Climate Change report, voluntarily disclosed to the CDP (formerly known as the Climate Disclosure Project). The company has participated in this initiative since 2010. “Our company is intensely focused on making significant strides each year to protect the environment we share and enhance our business competitiveness," said Mike Faircloth, group president, global supply chain, information technology, and e-commerce. “Transparently reporting progress against our goals is an important part of our efforts and culture. We have made significant progress in reducing our environmental footprint since 2007, and we remain committed to being an international business leader in energy management and eco-friendly business operations.”
Other 2018 highlights for the company included developing the capability to convert wastewater sludge to energy, installing waste heat recovery equipment to preheat process water, retrofitting facilities with LED lighting and improving water efficiency in boiler operations with reverse osmosis technology.