Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - July 1, 2019
Kohler achieves declines in energy use and emissions
Kohler Co. posted a decrease of 5% in energy use and 6.8% in GHG emissions for 2018. The results were announced with the release of the company's third public Social Impact report.
The report noted, "In 2018, while our sustainability efforts were significant, strong business growth and a fire in our Wisconsin foundry, which shut the facility down for three months, were the primary drivers in reducing our footprint per unit of sales more drastically than in recent years. We are evaluating our sustainability program based on all product life cycle environmental impacts, including our supply chain, Kohler operations, customer use and end of life. We use Design for Environment (DfE) thinking and tools to understand the impact of our products. Our goal is that every new product will be DfE-screened by 2021."
The company said their energy reduction strategy relies on reducing overall energy use in manufacturing plants and facilities, as well as actively identifying ways to implement renewable energy solutions. Globally, Kohler has invested in 12 solar array projects, including one at the company's Foshan, China facility, which will generate 240,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
Kohler, a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, also announced their first PPA in 2018, as the company signed for 100 MW of power from Enel Green Power’s Diamond Vista Wind LLC project in Kansas. This capacity exceeds the amount needed by Kohler’s U.S. and Canadian facilities and effectively reduces their GHG emissions by 26%,
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