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Cogeneration at SC Johnson Prevents Greenhouse Gas Emissions Equivalent to Driving Around the Earth 7,630 Times


Green Energy a Driving Force Behind Company’s GHG Reductions

RACINE, Wis.– Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is essential to conserving the planet’s critical resources. That’s why SC Johnson is committed to finding innovations like powering the company’s largest global manufacturing plant with cogeneration turbines that run on natural gas and waste methane from a public landfill. The turbines are making a big impact: they’ve already prevented GHG emissions equivalent to that produced by a car driving 7,630 times around the Earth*.

In addition to preventing GHG emissions, SC Johnson’s cogeneration power system has significantly reduced the company’s usage of heavily-coal dependent electricity. The twin cogeneration turbines produce 6.4 megawatts of electrical power and meet the average daily base-load electrical demand for the company’s largest global manufacturing plant – called Waxdale – which is located in Racine, Wis. Consumers who purchase well-known products like Windex® glass cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles® bathroom cleaner can feel good knowing that these and other SC Johnson products are made with green energy.

“SC Johnson is one of only about 60 companies in the United States that has developed an energy recovery system that utilizes otherwise wasted landfill methane,” said Scott Johnson, SC Johnson Vice President of Global Environmental and Safety Action. “We continually look at alternative energy sources – everything from wind to biofuel – to power our manufacturing facilities and reduce our carbon footprint. We are committed to finding innovative solutions that will enable us to protect the planet for future generations.”

In 2003, SC Johnson was the first consumer packaged goods manufacturing company to undertake a green energy, cogeneration project using methane from a public landfill to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The company added a second turbine in 2005, which is powered primarily by natural gas. The twin turbines reduce SC Johnson’s annual GHG emissions by 52,000 tons per year.

Since 2000, SC Johnson has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the company’s top factories by 42 percent. By 2011, SC Johnson aims to achieve the following advances:

• reduce GHG emissions from worldwide factories by 12 percent on an absolute
basis versus its 2000 baseline
• reduce GHG emissions from its U.S. operations by 8 percent on an absolute
basis versus its 2005 baseline
• reduce solid waste, air and water emissions by 50 percent versus its 2000
baseline for all worldwide factories
• source 40 percent of its global electricity from green energy for all worldwide

In May of 2007, the Center for Resource Solutions recognized SC Johnson for using Green-e certified energy at Waxdale. 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 the quantity and type of renewable energy to meet customer demand and marketing claims.

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 one of the first consumer products manufacturers to join the EPA’s Climate Leaders program in 2002 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. In 2001, SC Johnson devised the Greenlist™ process, 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 the Greenlist™ process, SC Johnson continues to lead the way with responsible raw material choices.

People interested in learning more about SC Johnson’s legacy of environmental stewardship can visit the company’s new environment section of its corporate Web site at The site highlights SC Johnson’s key initiatives, provides in-depth discussions of topics with worldwide environmental impact, offers videos and interactive games and identifies ways consumers can lighten their environmental footprint and strengthen their own communities. Also, available for download on the site is SC Johnson’s 2007 Public Report.

SC Johnson’s Public Report captures insights on sustainable development through third-party Q&As on topics from the environment to social progress. For example, Janet Ranganathan, from the World Resources Institute shares her insights on the importance of addressing climate change. The report also provides information on SC Johnson’s sustainable development initiatives, including reaching more than 600,000 people in South Africa with malaria education, giving more than $160 million globally in philanthropic contributions toward efforts that improve quality of life, and being named among the Top 10 of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the third year in a row.


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