We’ve been working hard to reduce the amount of energy we consume, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create energy efficiencies across our entire business.
At our manufacturing sites, we have a strong focus on continuously improving our processes to simultaneously increase production and energy efficiencies, which also improves our environmental footprint by minimising our energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Since 2009, we’ve been tracking on a positive trajectory with significant emission reductions year-on-year.
Our goal for 2020
is to continue on this trajectory by
reducing our carbon emissions
by 40% based on our 2011 baseline
(not including the closure of Tantanoola in 2011 and Albury Mill in 2015).
Spotlight on Millicent Mill
Our Millicent Mill in South Australia, the home of Kleenex® Tissues, Kleenex® Toilet Tissue, VIVA® Paper Towel and Kimberly-Clark Professional products, accounts for around 90% of our energy footprint. For this reason, we spend a lot of our time looking at ways to make the mill more energy efficient.
Our innovative $33 million cogeneration facility plays a critical role in making Millicent Mill more energy efficient while reducing emissions.
Utilising the waste heat in the exhaust from the gas turbine as a replacement for hot air generated by natural gas in paper drying and steam production, the mill benefits from lower energy consumption, lower energy costs and the overall environmental benefits of reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2014, Millicent Mill was recognised with a number of prestigious industry awards related to the cogeneration facility. These include:
ABA100 Winner in both Innovation and Technology categories in The Australian Business Awards 2014, acknowledging our commitment to driving sustainable solutions within the manufacturing industry after the installation of the cogeneration facility.
Banksia Foundation Award – Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment, recognising our Millicent Mill for its contribution towards achieving the objective of a cleaner, healthier, environment and a more resilient sustainable Australia. This includes more than halving the site’s energy and carbon footprint over the past 5 years, assisted by the start-up of the cogeneration facility, which takes the Tissue Mill largely off the electricity grid.