Kimberly-Clark Energy Management Strategy

Christian, Engineering

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 2013, Kimberly-Clark's Millicent tissue mill will become largely self-sufficient in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by around 90,000 tonnes a year with a new $30 million investment in a combined heat and power generation project.

Similarly, a $6.5 million upgrade to the meltblown extrusion line at Kimberly-Clark's Albury mill will allow us to pursue new, broader innovative opportunities for the meltblown fabrics used in our Huggies and Snugglers nappies. This upgrade will also help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions by converting key processes from coal-based electricity to gas.

Ingleburn mill continues to lead the way in energy reduction 

Ingleburn mill's continued focus on energy conservation and creating innovative energy efficiencies has achieved year-on-year energy reductions with savings of approximately 8% versus energy usage in 2010.

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.

Spotlight on Ingleburn's sustainability champion

While Ingleburn mill's energy usage is predominantly electricity and gas, and is significantly smaller than Millicent mill, Sustainability champion Christian has been pushing the mill to exceed our global sustainability targets for years. Thanks to Christian, in 2009 compared to 2005, Kimberly-Clark's energy management efforts at Ingleburn mill resulted in:

  • 25% improvement in energy efficiency
  • 17% reduction in carbon emissions
  • 48% waste reduction sent to landfill
  • 21% solid waste reduction for every one thousand nappies produced (with 90% of this solid waste recycled).

Christian was awarded for his continued efforts to reduce our environmental footprint in 2012 winning a Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand Innovation Award.

  • FSC
    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification

    FSC® certification means that we've been independently, third-party audited to ensure that our tissue products have been sourced from responsibly managed forests and plantations.

    WWF Love Your Forests

    Kimberly-Clark Australia proudly supports WWF's Love Your Forests campaign, aiming to raise awareness of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification and help to save the world's natural forests.