Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - February 18, 2019
HanesBrands heads for 2020 targets
HanesBrands has reduced energy consumption by more than 21% percent since 2007, and shifted 33% of the energy the company does use to renewable resources, on its way to reaching the company’s 2020 environmental objectives, which include a 40% reduction of both energy consumption and carbon emissions.
The announcement came from HanesBrands as the company reported its carbon emissions data to CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, earning a score of A- for the year. The statement noted that Hanes is “unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations. The company achieved its CDP score “for its transparency and by managing emissions, implementing best practices and taking coordinated action on climate-change issues.”
Hanes Chief Executive Officer Gerald W. Evans Jr. said. “By embracing environmental stewardship and the conservation of natural resources, Hanes is creating value for our company, our investors, our consumers, our employees, and our communities. And we will continue to work toward achieving our mission.”
In 2018, Hanes also won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star partner of the year/sustained excellence award, for an unparalleled nine consecutive years. Hanes was recognized by the Energy Star program for a number of accomplishments, including:
- Implementing numerous environmental stewardship initiatives, including the startup of a combined heat-and-power biomass plant in El Salvador and pilot projects utilizing new technology to reduce energy-intense water use by 50 percent and energy use by 500 million BTU each year.
- Encouraging employee engagement in the company’s energy management culture through programs such as treasure hunts. Hanes’ most recent treasure hunt, which was held at the company’s Dos Rios fabric manufacturing plant in the Dominican Republic, generated nearly 125 employee-led energy reduction ideas for power, steam, compressed air and water use with a potential savings of nearly $1 million.
- Partnering with numerous universities, such as Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, to educate the next generation of business leaders about the importance of integrating environmental stewardship in business strategy.