In December 2012, SC Johnson started up its newest clean energy
project – two 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale, the company’s largest
global manufacturing facility. The initiative aims to help further minimize SC
Johnson’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Now Made with Wind
addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – trusted
brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – will now be made
using clean energy. The wind turbines will produce about 8 million
kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually – enough to power 700 homes
in a year. Combined with two cogeneration turbines that have been in
place since the mid-2000s, Waxdale is now able to produce an average of
100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.
You can find out more about our new turbines by reading our press release or checking out our wind turbine infographics library.
And, that’s just part of our clean energy story.
Here’s a tour of our clean energy initiatives around the world.
Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
SC Johnson now employs two cogeneration systems at Waxdale, its largest
global manufacturing facility. Using waste methane gas from a nearby
public landfill and clean-burning natural gas, the turbines generate 85 percent of the facility's electrical energy. See it in action here.
Impact: Eliminates more than 47,250 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year.
Using waste palm shells as a fuel source to heat water for mosquito coil
production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Medan, Indonesia,
SC Johnson is transferring a waste product back into the value chain
with minimal impact. This has cut GHG emissions at the Medan factory by
more than 15 percent.
Impact: Reduces local diesel fuel use by 80 percent and reduces GHG emissions by 350 metric tons per year.
New in 2012, a biofuel initiative at SC Johnson’s manufacturing facility
in Surabaya, Indonesia uses waste husks from rice grains as a fuel
source. Consuming rice husks rather than diesel fuel, the Surabaya
boiler is expected to generate about 6 million kcal per hour to heat
water used in mosquito coil production.
Impact: Expected to reduce GHG emissions by 7,090 metric tons per year.
At SC Johnson’s facility in Shanghai, China, several solar projects help
provide hot water heating. One provides hot water for food service and
other office needs. Solar-heated waste water from the facility’s steam
piping network aids aerosol production. And, the Quality Control lab
uses solar-heated water as well.
Impact: Reduces GHG emissions by about 70 metric tons per year.
Bay City, Michigan
2008, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power from a dedicated nearby
wind farm to help power its Bay City, Michigan, manufacturing facility,
which produces Ziploc® Brand bags. During 2011, the wind farm supplied
46 percent of the energy required to run the Bay City facility.
Impact: Keeps about 30,800 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
In 2009, SC Johnson started up its first company-owned wind turbine in
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands, to power its European manufacturing
facility, known as Europlant. The turbine generates 50 percent of the
energy for Europlant.
Keeps 2,100 metric tons of GHG emissions out of the atmosphere annually
and produced 5.5 million kWh of electricity in 2011/12 – the amount
used by 1,585 households in The Netherlands.
In 2010, SC Johnson began testing three SWIFT mini wind turbines at its
global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The goal has been to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in addition, to raise awareness
that renewable energy can be used in urban settings.
Impact: Cut GHG emissions by .26 metric tons or 580 pounds in its first year of operation.
In 2012, SC Johnson added three SWIFT mini wind turbines to the roof of
its Lowell, Arkansas, sales office. Depending on wind conditions, the
turbines should be capable of generating as much as 3,600 kWh of
Impact: Keeps 2.5 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.
Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
With the completion of SC Johnson’s new wind turbines at Waxdale, the
manufacturing facility will be able to generate, on average, 100 percent
of electrical energy onsite. The wind turbines will generate about 8
million kWh of electricity per year – the equivalent of powering more
than 700 homes annually – while the remaining electrical energy will
come from Waxdale’s two cogeneration turbines.
Impact: Will reduce annual GHG emissions associated with powering Waxdale by 6,000 metric tons.