From sustainable agriculture and energy-efficient manufacturing processes to eco-friendly packaging initiatives, Heinz is proving that smart business is compatible with environmental stewardship. In factory after factory, a transformation is underway to improve sustainability measures and reduce operating costs by installing more efficient equipment, modernizing business processes and implementing new technologies.
Heinz is focused on these key environmental areas:
- Lowering GHG emissions, including those related to agriculture and the transportation of goods, while increasing awareness programs for employees to implement at home and at work
- Reducing waste through packaging innovation and recycling
- Conserving water
- Improving energy efficiency
Operations risk managers at each Heinz factory are responsible for the safety and environmental impacts of the plant. They monitor compliance with environmental and safety regulations and develop and coordinate programs for energy management, GHG reductions, recycling, packaging waste and waste disposal.
Our commitment to protecting the global environment accelerated with our formal announcement of Company-wide sustainability goals in May 2008.
These global goals, which we hope to achieve by Fiscal 2015, include a 20% reduction in the generation of GHG emissions per unit of finished production, compared to the baseline year of Fiscal 2005. Heinz is pleased to report significant progress in reaching this goal, with an approximate 13.4% reduction in GHG emissions per unit of production through the implementation of various programs as of the end of Fiscal 2009.
- Energy consumption: 20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through improved operational efficiency
- Renewable energy: 15% increase in usage of renewable energy sources, including solar, biomass and biogas
- Water: 20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through reuse and improved sanitation techniques
- Solid Waste: 20% reduction (per unit of finished production) through increased recycling and reuse of waste
- Packaging: 15% absolute reduction by the introduction of alternative packaging materials and reduction of existing packaging use for various brands and containers
- Agriculture: 15% reduction of carbon footprint, 15% reduction of water usage and improvement of tomato crop yields by 5% through use of hybrid tomato seeds that require fewer inputs such as water, fertilizer, pesticides and fuel to harvest
- Transportation: 10% reduction of fuel consumption (e.g., diesel fuel) through improved efficiency of product distribution network
- Employees: Implementation of programs encouraging employee engagement through an awareness and voluntary personal sustainability campaign
Heinz is targeting areas of our operations that most impact the environment, as well as our manufacturing costs. Heinz facilities around the world have been proactively implementing new technologies, equipment and processes to operate more efficiently. We are investing millions of dollars in our plants and expect to recoup those investments through operational savings. Importantly, these improvements and investments are reducing the Company's environmental impact and enhancing the ecological health of the planet.
We are proud of our accomplishments thus far as Heinz seeks additional ways to enhance our environmental performance. Outcomes for our areas of focus with standardized metrics are showcased in the chart below.