Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  April 2, 2019

SC Johnson shifts to geothermal power at Wisc. HQ

SC Johnson announced its intention to use geothermal energy to power its Racine, Wisconsin headquarters, a move the company says will greatly reduce their environmental footprint and position the company as a leader in the private sector in the transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources.

The company will install a GeoExchange system at its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus to provide sustainable heating and cooling throughout the facilities, using the constant temperature of the Earth. The project – which is pending city and state approvals – is expected to reduce energy usage by an estimated 42%, with 40% coming from decreasing consumption from the implementation of a GeoExchange system, including transforming the current boiler facility to a new energy efficient thermal plant, and an additional 2% from utilizing PV for renewable energy.  Combined with other sustainable projects, the facility will save as much as 20% in energy usage, resulting in a total facility-wide reduction of 57% to 62% percent of the current energy load.

"As a global company, you think about your footprint in all the places you operate and how to minimize your impact," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "Leading the industry in an environmentally responsible manner starts at home. For us, that meant taking a look at our operations and finding where we can lessen our impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing air quality and increasing the amount of energy offset from renewable resources. Transitioning to geothermal energy at our headquarters goes a long way toward accomplishing those goals."

SC Johnson’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint and utilizing a diverse, renewables-heavy energy mix including wind, solar and biofuel have resulted in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its worldwide manufacturing sites by 62% since the company's 2000 baseline.

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