Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand (KCANZ) has achieved a 24% reduction in carbon emissions over 12 months, just one of the many accomplishments it presented in its 2012 sustainability report.
“Every day you read in the media about the pressures facing Australian Manufacturing and in the next sentence the carbon tax, rising energy and labour costs,” said Scott Usitalo, Managing Director Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand in a media release.
“Despite these continued pressures, we’re proud to be driving local innovation both at our manufacturing sites and via our products for the benefit of our consumers, the environment and the community.”
The leading manufacturer of consumer brands such as Kleenex and Huggies implemented several energy reduction initiatives in 2012, including a construction of a cogeneration facility in South Australia worth $30 million. The facility will provide 100% of the Millicent Mill’s steam which, according to the release, will help power the machines and reduce dependence on electricity. The facility will help in decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 80,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent power for about 36,000 average homes for a year.
‘We’re really pleased with how were tracking against our goals and the focus for 2013 remains on reducing environmental footprint, while at the same time using the power of our brands to raise consumer and business awareness of key sustainability and social issues affecting the community like our partnership with the Children’s ,” says Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie, Sustainability and CSR Manager at KCANZ.
The Hugs for Healing partnership between the Huggies brand and the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia is one of the other achievements highlighted in the report. The program supports the funding for vital equipment that will be used by sick babies and toddlers.
The 2012 Sustainability Report underscores the progress that Kimberly-Clark has been making toward achieving its 2015 Sustainability Goals, which are structured under three focus areas: People, Planet and Products.
“While these goals align with Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s global goals, locally KCANZ is setting itself stretch targets, particularly around reducing carbon dioxide emissions and creating social value in the community,” according to the media release.
“We’re continuing our partnership with WWF’s Love Your Forest program to raise awareness of the importance of purchasing tissue and towel products from responsibly managed forests with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and are pleased to now have our Kimberly-Clark Professional division on board to help educate our business-to-business customers about the benefits of responsible procurement,” says Fegent-McGeachie.
The other achievements of KCANZ include 95% of manufacturing waste being diverted from landfill, 20% of Kimberly-Clark employees volunteering in the community and Millicent Mill’s manufacturing wastewater reaching Australian Drinking Water Standards. In 2012 the company also became a foundation supporter of the REDCycle Program in partnership with Coles, which enables consumers to recycle flexible plastic packaging to divert it from landfill. In the same year the Huggies brand also supported EnviroComp in opening a second nappy composting facility in Wellington, New Zealand.