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Using More Clean Energy

In December 2012, SC Johnson started up two 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale, the company’s largest global manufacturing facility, located in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. The initiative has helped further minimize SC Johnson’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Made with Wind
The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – the company's largest global manufacturing facility and home of trusted brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – can now be made using clean energy. In their first full year of operation, the wind turbines produced nearly 8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity – enough to power 700 homes over the course of a year. Combined with two cogeneration turbines that have been in place since the mid-2000s, Waxdale is now able to generate most if its electrical energy onsite.

You can find out more about the Waxdale turbines in this press release or by checking out our renewable energy infographics library.

And, Wind is Just Part of Our Clean Energy Story

While wind energy is a source of SC Johnson's greenhouse gas emission reductions, other sources are critical contributors, too. For example, in Indonesia, the company uses waste products as an energy source. This has helped us cut more than 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia alone. Globally, 35% of our energy use now comes from renewable sources.

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Our Clean Energy Initiatives around the World

Here's a tour of our efforts...


Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin

SC Johnson employs two cogeneration systems at Waxdale, our largest global manufacturing facility. They use waste methane gas from a nearby public landfill and cogeneration turbineclean-burning natural gas to generate electrical energy. See them in action here.
Impact: Cuts 47,250 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually.


Medan, Indonesia
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 reduces local diesel fuel use by 80% and transfers a waste product back into the value chain.
Impact: Cuts 6,000 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

Surabaya, Indonesia
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 for heating water used in mosquito coil production.
Impact: Cuts 7,090 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

solar energy in ChinaSolar Power

Shanghai and Changhzou, China; Pulogadung, Indonesia; and Baddi, India
At SC Johnson’s facilities in China, Indonesia, and India, several solar projects help provide hot water heating for company operations, including aerosol production and quality control processes.
Impact: Cuts 305 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

Wind Power

Bay City, Michigan
Since 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. In January 2017, Bay City became the third company-owned manufacturing site to run 100% on wind energy for electricity through the purchase of renewable energy credits.
Impact: Cuts 62,000 metric tons of GHG emissions 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% of the electricity for the local facility. In 2015, the facility became our first plant to get 100% of its required energy from renewable sources, sourcing its remaining electrical needs from purchased wind power.wind turbine in The Netherlands
Impact: Cuts 4,600 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

Racine, Wisconsin
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 of urban wind efforts.
Impact: Cuts 580 pounds of GHG emissions annually.

Lowell, Arkansas
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 can generate as much as 3,600 kWh of electricity annually.
Impact: Cuts 2.5 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
SC Johnson’s wind turbines at Waxdale, our largest global manufacturing facility, produce about 8 million kWh of electricity per year.
Impact: Cuts 6,000 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

Toluca, Mexico
Our newest wind initiative, purchasing wind power in Toluca, Mexico, will enable the facility there to get 86% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Impact: Cuts 3,000 metric tons of GHG emissions annually.

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