Michigan wind powering Ziploc manufacturing site - Smart Energy Decisions

Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 31, 2017

Ziploc manufacturing site running on 100% wind

An S.C. Johnson & Son production site in Bay City, Mich., — the facility that manufactures Ziploc brand bags — recently joined two other company-owned sites running on 100% wind energy for electricity.

The family-owned household products manufacturer said May 31 that with the addition of its third site running entirely on wind energy, one-third of its global energy usage now comes from renewable energy sources.

SC Johnson made a significant commitment to wind energy use in 2012 when it powered up two 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale, the company's largest global manufacturing facility, located in Mount Pleasant, Wisc. Those two turbines generate about 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, eliminating about 6,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the company said in its May 31 news release. 

Globally, the company's manufacturing operations in Mijdrecht, Netherlands, and Gorzow, Poland, have been running completely on wind energy since 2009 and 2016, respectively, according to the release. The Gorzow manufacturing plant also purchases its entire demand for wind energy. The company's Mijdrecht site purchases approximately 50% and generates the remaining wind energy onsite.

 "We are proud of our commitment and progress toward taking care of the environment for future generations," Kelly Semrau, SC Johnson senior vice president of global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability, said in a news release.

The company says it has used renewable energy sources around the world since 2004. The efforts in sourcing renewable energy for its operations has helped exceed the company's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the percentage of renewable energy used by their global manufacturing sites, which represent the company's largest users of energy. SC Johnson has achieved a nearly 52% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions versus its 2000 baseline, according to the release.

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