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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
www.flexomag.com summer 2010 Sustainable FLEXO 15 dr. Pepper snapple Commits to Conserving 60 million lb of PeT Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS) has announced its five-year goals for improved environmental and social per- formance across the company ’s operations and has released “Sustainability in ACTION,” its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. The 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Goals address the company ’s operations through- out North America and the Caribbean, and provide the framework for the inaugural CSR report. “Our evolution into an integrated beverage business has strengthened our ability to serve our customers and consum- ers while maintaining our responsibility to serve the needs of society and the planet we all share,” said Larry Young, DPS president and CEO. “Setting and achieving long-term goals to improve our environmental and social performance is a vital part of achieving sustainable growth, because these goals reflect the best interests of the people who make, sell, buy, invest in, and enjoy our brands every day.” The company ’s five-year targets focus on the areas of environmental sustainability, health and wellness, philanthropy, workplace environment, and ethical sourcing. In the area of Environmental Sustainability, the company ’s goals include the following (note, all reduction targets are set against baseline data for the 2009 calendar year): • Improve energy efficiency in manufacturing operations by 10 percent per gallon of finished product. • Increase product shipments per gallon of fuel used by 20 percent. • Replace 60,000 vending machines and coolers with Energy Star-rated equipment that is approximately 30 percent more energy efficient. • Reduce water usage and wastewater discharge ratio in manufacturing operations by 10 percent per gallon of fin- ished product. • Recycle 80 percent of solid waste in manufacturing. • Conserve more than 60 million pounds of PET plastic through package re-engineering and increased use of post- consumer recycled material. “Sustainability in ACTION” details the progress made since DPS became a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange in May 2008. It also discusses current initiatives designed to help DPS achieve its long-term CSR goals. The company has numerous package engineering projects under way that are produc- ing lighter plastic bottles across most sizes and formats, and is identifying opportunities to incorporate PCR content into PET containers. And by using de-ionized air rather than water to rinse containers on most production lines, the company is conserving approximately 10,000 gallons of water per day on each line. “ We have much to be proud of as an organization that’s only now two years old,” says Young. “But this is only a starting point for us. Looking beyond our performance to date and the goals we’ve set for 2015, we understand that sustainability—whether environmental, social or economic—is an ongoing journey. There’s much more to do, and we look forward to engaging our stakeholders to help ensure that day-in and day-out, our focus is always on continuous improvement throughout our business.” Kroger Cuts Store Energy Consumption Since 2000, The Kroger Co. has reduced overall energy consumption in its Cincinnati, OH stores by more than 27 per- cent, the company reported in its 2010 Sustainability Report, which was recently published online. That is enough electricity to power every single family home in Memphis, TN for one year, Kroger said. Its goal for 2010 is to reduce stores’ energy use by 30 percent from the baseline year of 2000. Other highlights of the report: • One of Kroger’s new stores will consume 25 percent less energy than a store built in 2000. Kroger is achieving this goal through several strategies, including replacing lighting with LED fixtures. These lights use 75 percent less energy. By the end of 2010, LED lighting will be installed in nearly every store. • Kroger has reduced its normalized carbon footprint by more than 5 percent since 2006. The company ’s total car- bon footprint has remained flat, despite growth in square footage, tonnage and sales. Kroger found that nearly three-quarters of its carbon footprint is attributed to energy use and electricity the company purchases from utilities. • In 2009, Kroger’s transportation efficiency (cases shipped per gallon) improved by 7 percent. Kroger saved more than 200 million plastic bags in 2009 through better bag- ging techniques and increased use of reusable bags. • Through Kroger’s Plastic Recycling Program, 22.6 million pounds of plastic were recycled from stores and distri- bution centers last year. This represents a 144 percent increase in plastic recycling since 2007. Kroger’s goal for 2010 is to recycle more than 25 million pounds of plastic. • In 2009, Kroger sold and provided nearly 7 million reus- able bags in 2009—potentially replacing about 7 billion plastic bags. “T he Kroger team continues to make strong progress in every area of our Sustainability Agenda and we are pleased to share our progress,” said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger in a statement. “ We also know there is much more to do and we look forward to continuing to partner with our customers, communities and associates on this important work.” FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 15 7/13/10 4:55 PM