Sustainability champion Christian, an engineer at our Ingleburn mill
At Kimberly-Clark our commitment to address climate change includes a long-term objective to be highly energy efficient and use renewable energy where practical and cost effective. We strive to reduce our energy consumption by achieving best-in-class energy-efficiency targets.
All Kimberly-Clark manufacturing facilities have tailored energy targets based on benchmarks for specific manufacturing processes. These are combined with facility production levels to create facility-specific energy targets.
Energy Management at Kimberly-Clark manufacturing facilities
In the second half of 2013, Kimberly-Clark’s Millicent Mill completed installation of a innovative cogeneration facility. By capturing the waste heat in the exhaust of the gas turbine and using it as a replacement for 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. The $33m investment will reduce carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes per annum and provide 100% of the mills steam, 92% of the mill’s total electricity and 85% of the drying heat for the line that makes Kleenex® Cottonelle® and VIVA® products.
Upgrade at Albury Mill
In 2012 Kimberly-Clark's Albury Mill completed a $6.5 million upgrade to the manufacturing line that produces the nonwoven fabrics found in our Huggies Nappies and medical applications including KIMGUARD* Sterile Wrap. The upgrade also included a conversion from coal based electricity to gas for some processes, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as energy costs. It has also expanded our capability to manufacture innovative products.
Ingleburn mill continues to lead the way in energy reduction
In 2011, the mill completed a lighting project to replace 400w High Bay Metal Halide lamps with 250w High Bay Induction lamps in the mill warehouse, production and service areas. The project reduced energy usage by 1,218,000 kWh per year and the mills carbon footprint by 1.084 tonnes of CO2-e.