We are working to reduce emissions from our operations.
Every company in every sector of the economy has a role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions. While P&G is not an energy intensive company, we are stepping up to do our part. P&G is committed to energy-efficient programs and we participate in voluntary programs. Our operational focus has been on direct CO2 emissions (i.e., Scope 1) and emissions data for the last three years has been 2.8 million metric tons, 2.9 million metric tons, and 2.8 million metric tons in 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively.
We achieved a 5 percent absolute reduction in direct CO2 emissions since 2007, exceeded our 10-year goal to reduce half of the direct CO2 emissions for the period of 2002–2012 by delivering a 54 percent reduction in CO2 emissions on a production-adjusted basis; however, we fell short of the 2012 goal of a 20 percent reduction in direct CO2 emissions. Consistent with our energy consumption results, the primary driver was the introduction of a number of new co-generation (“co-gen”) systems at our sites. As described in the energy section, co-gen has several benefits and has been key to helping us achieve a significant reduction in total CO2 emissions (Scope 1 + Scope 2). However, it has also resulted in a net increase in the amount of fuel we consume on site. This increased on-site fuel consumption was the primary reason we fell short of our direct CO2 emissions goal. We remain committed to reducing energy consumption and total CO2 emissions and have established new goals for 2020 to drive additional reductions in both CO2 and Energy. Importantly, our new 2020 goal is based on total CO2 emissions as we feel this will better reflect our comprehensive efforts to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions while also transitioning to less carbon intensive energy sources.
*CO2 from fuel combustion sources
Each site monitors total suspended particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx). Overall, the total air emissions decreased versus last year to 13 thousand metric tons.
SARA 313 Releases (United States only)
U.S. P&G plants report annually on the release of toxic chemicals to the air, water, and land. These releases are defined in the U.S. Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of this documentation (referred to as section 313) is to report publicly the releases and transfers of hazardous chemicals as defined by the agency. The amount of SARA 313 releases decreased versus last year. The decrease reflects efforts at key sites to reduce releases.
SARA is reported one year behind; 2012 entry reflects 2011 data.