Conservation & Process Improvement
P&G has a strong history of reducing the environmental footprint and cost of our operations. Our production-adjusted footprints have been dramatically reduced since 2002, with such sustainability-driven reductions also resulting in significant cost savings.
Our conservation efforts focus on all of our manufacturing sites, but we pay special attention to our sites that make up the biggest portion of our footprint. The foundation of our conservation efforts is called “Back to Base,” which means:
- We focus on restoring the operation of our equipment to its optimal state, identifying energy losses and fixing them to their most efficient condition.
- We benchmark and reapply energy best practices by identifying which sites have the best results and reapplying these practices across sites with similar technology.
- We collaborate in multifunctional teams to deliver the “breakthrough” technology of the future.
To deliver these results, operating site personnel and staff resources from across our business have worked under a common Product Supply Sustainability approach. By combining our efforts into a single approach, we have been able to reapply our successful operations more systematically.
At the facility level, Site Sustainability Leaders identify opportunities to reduce P&G’s impact across four environmental footprints: waste, water, energy, and CO2. These Site Sustainability Leaders recruit a steering team from within their site, with representatives from the various businesses at the site, as well as Jones Lang LaSalle, our property management partner, and Site Safety. Once they deploy objectives for footprint reductions, the steering team develops an action plan with prioritized ideas to meet those objectives, and facilitates the execution of plans. The steering team generally meets monthly. Teams of “Champions” volunteer on site to work toward achieving the objectives. The steering team is responsible for communicating results back to the site.
Footprint Reductions in Mexico
In central Mexico, where water conservation and responsible water use is a high priority, our Mariscala Plant created a reverse osmosis water recovery system, optimized its production cycle, and redesigned its condensate return systems—resulting in an 11% reduction in total water consumption.
The Apizaco Plant identified three separate outlets to recycle/reuse their reject paper fibers, increasing their recycling at the plant to 99%.