Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 29, 2019

Kimberly-Clark opens solar array in Singapore

Kimberly-Clark switched on one of Singapore’s largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5-gigawatt hours of clean energy.

With this investment, renewable energy will now replace 15% of conventional energy use at the plant, reducing GHG emissions by approximately 1,600 metric tons per year, the equivalent to removing nearly 350 passenger cars from roads annually.

A statement from Kimberly-Clark noted that the Tuas plant has a long track record of reducing its environmental footprint. In 2016, it launched an in-house wastewater treatment plant that recycles 75% of the water used in its wet wipes production. At a ceremony held to inaugurate its solar roof, Achal Agarwal, president, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific, said, "Our manufacturing operations in Singapore have long been recognized as a leader in environmental protection. Switching on this solar roof marks a new milestone in our sustainability journey and accelerates our progress towards our goal of achieving a 20% reduction in GHG emissions globally, by 2022."

Through continued investments in climate and energy programs at its operations around the world, the statement noted, Kimberly-Clark has embarked on a long-term effort to minimize climate change impact from its operations and at the same time transform its financial performance.

 

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