P&G Italy


Long-Term Environmental Vision and 2020 Goals

We have declared a long-term environmental sustainability vision because it’s our responsibility to help solve some of the sustainability challenges that face the world.

P&G announced a long-term environmental sustainability vision in September 2010. We developed this vision over the course of a year, partnering with external experts and soliciting input from hundreds of P&G employees at all levels and functions. Our complete visionary end-points are outlined below. These end-points are long-term in nature because some of them will take decades to come to fruition.

Our Long-Term Product End-Points

  • Using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging
  • Having zero consumer waste go to landfills
  • Designing products to delight consumers while maximizing the conservation of resources

Our Long-Term Operational End-Points

  • Powering our plants with 100% renewable energy
  • Emitting no fossil-based CO2 or toxic emissions
  • Delivering effluent water quality that is as good as or better than influent water quality with no contribution to water scarcity
  • Having zero manufacturing waste go to landfills

2020 Sustainability Goals
In order to ensure we are making progress toward our long-term environmental sustainability vision, we have set the following goals for 2020 to hold ourselves accountable.

Replace Petroleum-Based Materials with Sustainably Sourced Renewable Materials 25%*
Cold Water Washing 70% of total washing machine loads
Packaging Reduction 20% (per consumer use)*
Consumer Solid Waste Pilot studies in both developed and developing markets to understand how to eliminate landfilled/dumped consumer solid waste
*vs. 2010 baseline
Renewable Energy Powering our Plants 30%
Manufacturing Waste to Landfill < 0.5% (disposed)
Truck Transportation Reduction 20% (km/unit of volume)*
*vs. 2010 baseline

Our Sustainability Vision Journey

No Flash

Len Sauers, Vice President Global Sustainability, shares P&G’s journey behind developing our environmental sustainability vision.

Information on Our Operational End-points

What this means
A renewable resource is simply defined as one that is produced by natural processes at a rate comparable to its rate of consumption. P&G already uses significant amounts of renewable materials in our products and packaging. However, we still use many nonrenewable materials, such as those derived from petroleum and other fossil fuels. Our vision is to use materials that are renewably sourced. Materials will come from traditional sources such as biomass and agricultural products, and research is also ongoing to understand how raw materials can be derived from biological processes such as fermentation. In addition to being renewably sourced, these materials will also be sustainable, meaning their production will not result in the destruction of critical ecosystems, loss of habitat for endangered species, or other detrimental impacts on the environment or human communities.

Having zero consumer waste going to landfills

What this means
In the developed world, waste can be disposed of in four ways: recycling, compost, waste-to-energy, and landfills. The first three give value to the waste, whereas waste that ends up in landfills has no value. In the developing world, waste is primarily disposed in uncontrolled dumps, where it also has no value. Our vision is to have all waste end up in a valued waste stream (e.g., recycling, composting, waste-to-energy without toxic emissions).

What this means
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has shown that for some major P&G products, the largest environmental impact occurs when consumers use our products. As the world’s largest consumer packaged goods company, this represents a significant and unique opportunity for P&G to have a meaningful impact in sustainability. We will continue to enable consumers to reduce their environmental footprint by designing products that meet their needs relative to value and performance and, in addition, allow them to conserve resources. Our cold water laundry detergents (Tide Coldwater, Ariel) are examples. In those instances where consumer habit changes are required to deliver the environmental benefit, consumer education will be part of the solution.

Information on Our Operational End-points

What this means
Renewable energy sources include those based on sunlight, wind, biomass, tides, and geothermal heat rather than fossil fuels. Our vision is that all energy powering our plants will be sourced from on-site renewable sources, or power from the grid that is generated by renewable sources.

What this means
P&G is not an energy intensive company, so our CO2 emissions today are relatively small. However, by moving to 100% renewable energy to power our plants, we will drive this number even lower by eliminating petroleum-based CO2. In the future end state, what little CO2 emissions we will have can be expected to come only from renewable biomass. In addition, we envision an end state where all other reportable emissions are driven to zero.

What this means
P&G continually improves its operations to preserve the quality of water in the communities in which we operate. We will also ensure sustainable water management by both our operations and consumer use of our products. This commitment includes water reduction goals, use of new technologies, product innovation using a Life Cycle Assessment, and siting decisions using a watershed approach, which looks holistically at water supply where a plant could be built.

Having zero manufacturing waste going to landfills

What this means
Our manufacturing waste can be disposed of in four ways: recycling, repurposing, waste-to-energy, and landfills. The first three give value to the waste, whereas waste that ends up in landfills has no value. Our vision is to have all manufacturing waste end up in a valued waste stream (e.g., recycling, repurposing, waste-to-energy without toxic emissions).