SC Johnson Recognized for Using Green-e Certified Renewable Energy
Company’s Largest Global Manufacturing Facility
Powered by Cogeneration
RACINE, Wis.– SC Johnson announced today that it has been recognized by the Center for Resource Solutions for using Green-e certified energy at its largest global manufacturing facility. SC Johnson powers the facility – called Waxdale – with cogenerated electricity from twin turbines that run on natural gas and waste methane from a public landfill.
The Green-e program is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in the United States. Providers of Green-e certified renewable energy agree to abide by the Green-e Code of Conduct, and meet strict Green-e disclosure and truth-in-advertising requirements. All Green-e marketers undergo an annual verification audit to document that the company purchased or generated enough quantity and type of renewable energy to meet customer demand and marketing claims.
“We are pleased to be part of the Green-e program because it means that we have met the Center for Resource Solution’s strict environmental and climate protection standards,” said Scott Johnson, SC Johnson’s vice president, global environmental and safety actions. “Participating in the Green-e consumer labeling program means that in addition to enjoying the effectiveness of trusted brands like Windex®, Shout® and Pledge®, consumers will feel good knowing they are buying products that are made with renewable energy.”
Since 2005, two cogeneration turbines have produced the average daily base load of electricity for the Waxdale site and somewhere between half and all of the steam needed for operations, depending on the season. The first turbine, which began running in 2003, is powered solely by waste methane from a nearby public landfill. The second turbine, which began running in 2005, is powered primarily by natural gas.
The buildings that make up the Waxdale manufacturing plant stretch across 2.2 million square feet or roughly the size of 36 football fields. The facility produces more than 70 million cases of product annually, including such well-know brands as Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Off!®, Oust®, Glade®, Shout®, Pledge®, Drano®, Pledge®, Edge®, Raid®, fantastic® and Skintimate®.
Environmental commitment is nothing new for SC Johnson. For 121 years, the company has held steadfast to its environmental commitment and spirit of innovation. From being a pioneer in the introduction of water-based aerosols in 1955 to its leadership as the first company to remove chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from all aerosol products – three years ahead of the 1978 U.S. mandate. SC Johnson continues to look for innovative ways to safeguard our shared environment.
Since 2000, SC Johnson has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the company’s top factories by 42 percent. By the end of 2010, the company has pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 12 percent from worldwide manufacturing operations (2000 baseline year); reduce GHG emissions from its U.S. operations by 8 percent from 2005 by the end of 2010; reduce solid waste, air and water emissions by 50 percent (2000 baseline); and source 40 percent of its global electricity from green energy.
In 2001, SC Johnson devised Greenlist™, a patented raw material rating system, to transform the way the company measures, tracks and advances its products to further the company’s longstanding commitment to environmentally responsible products. Through Greenlist™, SC Johnson continues to lead the way with responsible raw material choices. In 2006, Greenlist™ was recognized with two presidential honors – the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Recently, SC Johnson announced it will share the Greenlist™ process royalty-free with companies, including competitors. Five Winds International is the company’s third-party administrator to license the Greenlist™ process.
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, personal care and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as EDGE®, GLADE®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, ECHO®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, and MR. MUSCLE®. The 121-year old company, with $7 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in more than 110 countries.
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