General Mills Meets U.S. Department of Energy "Better Plants Challenge" Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule
MINNEAPOLIS, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2012, General Mills set a 10-year goal to improve energy efficiency in the company's 26 largest U.S.-based plants by 20 percent (from FY12-FY22). "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." These improvement projects saved over 12 million kWh, delivered US$4.8 million in cost savings and avoided nearly 6.000 metric tons of CO2e of GHG emissions. As part of the company's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal, each General Mills production facility has a target to reduce energy use by 2 percent annually, normalized to production. General Mills is listed on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the 2018 CDP Climate A List and Newsweek Green Rankings (#34). For more information on General Mills' ambitious climate commitment, visit its 2019 Global Responsibility Report and A Taste of General Mills blog. Since DOE launched the Better Buildings, Better Plants program in 2011, more than 900 private- and public-sector organizations have saved 1.38 quadrillion British thermal units, equivalent to $8.4 billion in energy and cost savings. For more on the Better Plants Challenge, visit the 2019 Better Buildings Annual Progress Report.