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Shining the Spotlight on CPG Environmental Successes: A Blog Series Part One: Air

August 2, 2016

By: Meghan Stasz, Senior Director, Sustainability

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry continues to reduce its environmental footprint. This week, GMA released the 2016 Environmental Success Stories in the Consumer Products Industry report, showcasing innovations in the categories of air, water and waste. 

The air section of the Success Stories report highlights the CPG sector‘s leadership and commitment to stewardship through increasing investment in and use of renewable energy, energy efficiency in operations, finding new ways to reduce emissions from transportation, supply chain partnerships, and more.

In the report, we learn about Mars’ investment in a wind farm in Lamesa, Texas. This 200-megawatt wind farm covers nearly 25,000 acres (the size of Paris, France) and will generate the equivalent of 100 percent of the electricity needs of the 70 sites comprising Mars’ U.S. operations. Such investments are steps the company is taking to reach a goal of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2040.

Procter & Gamble also made tremendous strides in renewable energy investments recently, as highlighted in the report. In 2015, the company announced a new partnership on a wind farm in Texas that will enable it to use 100 percent wind power to make its Fabric & Home care products in North America.

Other examples of leadership on emissions reductions and air quality improvements from the industry abound, including PepsiCo’s efforts on transportation fleet efficiency. PepsiCo possesses one of the largest company-owned electric vehicle programs in the U.S.

At the FMI-GMA Sustainability Summit next week, leaders from the CPG and retail industries will come together and share examples of successes and innovations to further advance air quality and emissions reduction efforts. We look forward to sessions focused on building sustainable supply chains and cross-sector partnerships to outline what has worked and highlight opportunities to do even more, both in operations and the value chain.


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