The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that General Mills has met its 10-year energy efficiency goal of 20%, four years ahead of schedule. In 2012, the company set a target to improve energy efficiency in its 26 plants in the US.
A total efficiency improvement of 20.4% has been achieved since 2012. It represents more than two million metric million British thermal units (MMBTU) of energy over a period of six years.
General Mills chief supply chain officer and global business solutions officer John Church said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the DOE for our progress to improve our efficiency and reduce our energy consumption.
“We started this journey by looking within our walls back in 2005 and since then have extended our commitments and work across our entire value chain. We have to own the entirety of our impact, and this is one of the many ways General Mills is working to reduce our impact on the environment.”
In order to meet the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal, each General Mills production facility has set a goal to reduce energy use by 2% per year.
The rate of reduction in energy consumption decreased by 2% during 2018, compared to the prior year; while absolute energy use reduced by 7%.
The DOE launched its Better Buildings, Better Plants programme in 2011. Under the programme, more than 900 private and public sector organisations have saved 1.38 quadrillion British thermal units, equivalent to $8.4bn in energy and cost savings.