SC Johnson cuts GHG emissions by 26 percent

Posted on December 28, 2011. Filed under: Climate change, Renewable energy - generally |

From an article by Leslie Guevarra on

SC Johnson, the maker of household products ranging from Windex to Ziploc bags, has met — if not topped — five-year environmental goals that were to be accomplished by 2011, the company said in a new accounting of its sustainability efforts.

Key achievements included absolute reductions in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and in the U.S that were more than double the amount expected, according to the latest annual progress report, called “360º of Greener Choices.”

Here’s a look at some of the numbers from the report:

•Global GHG: Factories worldwide reduced GHG emissions by 26.2 percent by the close of 2010, compared to a baseline set in 2000. The goal was an absolute reduction of 12 percent by 2011.
•U.S. GHG: In the U.S., the company reduced GHG emissions by 27.4 percent by the end of 2010, compared to a 2005 baseline. The goal was an 8 percent absolute reduction by 2011.
•Renewable energy: The company hit its target in this category by sourcing 40.2 percent of its electricity worldwide to renewable energy via purchased green power and on-site generated energy.
•Waste and emissions: Globally, the company reduced its combined air emissions, water effluents and solid waste by 55 percent as a ratio to production, compared to a 2000 baseline. The goal was a 50 percent reduction.


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As an evironmental studies college student, many courses have been devoted to corporate responsibility to all stakeholders, including the environment (air, land, and water). Having done research on the ethics of many US organizations, I found S.C. Johnson Company is an admirable front leader. It is continuously the recipient of ethical awards and their ads – both print and televised – focus on environmental issues as motivators of their continuing product innovation. They also center their advertisements in the theme of being a “family” business. S.C. Johnson’s published Public Report indicates a commitment of being a sustainable company with a mission “making life better for people and the planet.” They have developed a “green list” of product ingredients that are harmless to consumers and additionally they’re manufacturing processes have been structurally redesigned (including the use of renewable energy) to reduce harmful affects impacting the environment. Lastly, their product pricing is perceived as fair and affordable by most consumers.

S.C. Johnson is a model to be assumed by all US manufacturers.

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