Energy costs are among Kimberly-Clark's largest operating expenses. There are no easy solutions to energy issues. We can help increase energy efficiency and use cost-effective renewable and alternative energy sources, which prepares us for a future where energy supplies may be more limited and costly.
Our long-term objective is to be highly energy efficient and use renewable energy where practical and cost effective.
Kimberly-Clark's Global Energy Services Team, comprised of experienced energy engineers and energy supply professionals, evaluate energy suppliers, negotiate supply contracts, purchase energy, assess alternative energy projects, conduct energy efficiency audits and implement technical energy solutions such as combined heat and power technology.
Goal: Reduce energy consumption by achieving best-in-class energy-efficiency targets. Each facility has targets based on benchmarks for each manufacturing process. These are combined with facility production levels to create facility-specific targets.
Results: For the past two consecutive years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded K-C with its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award in recognition of our comprehensive approach to energy management. Contributions include:
* rigorous tracking of energy usage at K-C facilities
* energy efficient equipment and lighting fixtures
* programs to raise awareness about how to improve energy efficiency and provide greater use of renewable energy sources
Kimberly-Clark is a member of ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps U.S. companies measure energy use, set goals, track savings and recognize improvements.
Kimberly-Clark was awarded by EPA ENERGY STAR Program as 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in the category of Energy Management Program. This is the second time we have received ENERGY STAR recognition. The EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps companies increase their use of low-carbon energy by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. K-C is 19th on the EPA's National Top 50 list of the largest green power users.
Kimberly-Clark is an Energy Partner of the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program, which promotes the use of methane produced within landfills to replace fossil fuels as an energy source and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions.