Kimberly-Clark UK operations switch to renewable energy – nonwovens industry magazine
The new Cumberhead onshore wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland will provide Kimberly-Clark with approximately 160,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year for the consumer brands Andrex, Kleenex, Huggies and the business-to-business brands WypAll and Scott. This represents an emission reduction of 55,625 MTCO2e per year – the equivalent of taking 38,628 passenger vehicles off the road each year.
This agreement is a first for Kimberly-Clark outside of North America and marks an important step towards the company’s goal of halving its absolute greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1 and 2 by now 2030.
The deal will cover nearly 80% of the electricity needs of Kimberly-Clark’s Barrow, Flint Site and Northfleet manufacturing plants which together produce Andrex toilet rolls, Kleenex tissues, as well as Huggies baby wipes and other personal care products for the UK market. The deal also means renewable energy for Kimberly-Clark’s two main UK distribution centers in Chorley and Northfleet.
“We are proud to announce this partnership with Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust as the first of many that will be needed to achieve the energy transformation we are aiming for,” said Oriol Margo, Sustainability Leader, Europe , Middle East and Africa, Kimberly-Clark. “Consumers expect brands to lead change, be goal-oriented and environmentally sustainable. We are constantly innovating to find our next sustainable solution and reduce our environmental footprint. This is a significant step forward in our efforts to decarbonize our UK operations ”
Construction of the new wind farm has recently started and will take approximately 12 to 15 months.
This is just one of many sustainability innovation projects underway at Kimberly-Clark as part of a vision to decarbonize the business by deploying renewable electricity in Europe, the Middle East. and in Africa and by pursuing the exploration and development of carbon-free gas solutions.
Kimberly-Clark’s Sustainability Strategy 2030 aims to address the key social and environmental challenges of the next decade, improving the lives and well-being of one billion people in underserved communities around the world. The transition to renewable energy will be a critical part of the company’s global effort to halve its total environmental footprint by 2030.