P&G turns to biomass, wind to meet green power goal - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  December 16, 2016

P&G moves toward cleaner power with wind, biomass

Procter & Gamble Co. is running on about 10% renewable energy toward its goal of reaching 30% by 2020, according to its first-ever corporate citizenship report.

Outlining the global consumer goods company's progress toward corporate sustainability broadly, the report also drills down in on its strategy for renewable energy procurement and energy efficiency and outlines its progress over the past fiscal year. 

On the renewable energy side, that progress includes the construction of a 50-MW biomass plant that will help power its Albany, Ga., production facility, where P&G produces Charmin toilet paper and Bounty paper towels. The biomass plant, which will be owned and operated by Constellation, is one of two renewable energy projects P&G undertook this year that the company says will nearly double its use of renewable energy. 

P&G Global Climate and Energy Leader Steve Skarda discussed the importance of the other project, a 100-MW wind facility being developed by EDF Renewables, in this Smart Energy Decisions webinar

The Georgia biomass facility is expected to produce 100% of the steam, and a significant portion of the the P&G site's total energy from renewable sources. The plant's fuel supply will come from locally available and sustainable biomass — discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste — that would otherwise have been left to decay, be burned, or sent to landfill. 

On the energy demand side, the report says P&G has achieved a 20% reduction in energy use per unit of production, already beating its 2020 goal. P&G says that since 2010, improvements in energy use at the company have led to more than $500 million in savings. 

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