Fact Sheet: SC Johnson Uses Renewable Energy
Since the early 2000s, SC Johnson has worked to add new renewable sources into our energy mix. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility. Today, four SC Johnson plants run on 100% renewable wind power (Bay City, Europlant, Gorzow, Chicago). We have renewable energy initiatives around the world, employing wind, solar, waste palm shells, rice husks, and even garbage.
For the past 19 years, SC Johnson has used renewable energy sources around the world to power our facilities. Globally, 35% of our energy use in 2021/2022 came from renewable sources. In 2021/2022, SC Johnson manufacturing achieved a 69% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to our 2000 baseline (indexed to production). Since our 2000 baseline, company-wide GHG emissions are down by 54%.
Here’s a look at our clean energy initiatives around the world…
Since 2012, a biofuel initiative at our manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, has used waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source for heating water for production. This cuts about 7,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
In Malle, Belgium, our manufacturing plant runs on 100% renewable electricity from the local utility that produced predominantly from biomass.
SC Johnson employs two cogeneration systems at Waxdale, our largest global manufacturing facility. Using waste methane gas from a nearby public landfill and clean-burning natural gas, the turbines generate about 85% of Waxdale’s energy needs. The rest comes from wind energy.
Shanghai and Changzhou, China; Pulogadung, Indonesia; Toluca, Mexico; Cairo, Egypt; Pilar, Argentina; Nairobi, Kenya; and Manaus, Brazil
At SC Johnson facilities in China, Indonesia, Mexico, Argentina and Kenya, solar projects help provide hot water heating or electricity for company operations, including aerosol production and office facilities. Our manufacturing site in Toluca Mexico uses solar heated water to displace liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for cafeteria and employee facilities. In Manaus Brazil, our manufacturing plant purchases 100% renewable electricity from the local utility to power the factory.
Bay City, Michigan
Since 2008, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power from nearby wind farms to help power our Bay City, Michigan, manufacturing facility, which produces Ziploc® brand bags. As of 2017, the site now runs on 100% wind energy for electricity.
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
In 2009, we started up our first company-owned wind turbine in Mijdrecht, The Netherlands, to power our Europlant manufacturing facility. The turbine generates 50% of the energy for Europlant. In 2015, the facility became our first plant to get 100% of its required electricity from renewable sourcing, sourcing its remaining electrical needs from purchased wind power.
In 2010, SC Johnson began testing three SWIFT mini wind turbines at our global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The goal has been to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in addition, to raise awareness of urban wind projects. In 2021, we completed our newest additon to our global headquarters, Waxbird Commons. The investment in Waxbird Commons will help reduce campus energy consumption by approximately 66%, with a pathway to reaching net zero energy by 2025. New features include geothermal exchange, solar energy, photovoltaic-wind (PV) lights, and recycled ashpalt pavement.
Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
With the completion in 2012 of two 415-foot-tall wind turbines at Waxdale, our largest global manufacturing facility, the site now generates 63% of its electrical energy onsite. The two turbines generate about 8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.
In 2013, SC Johnson started purchasing wind power at our Toluca, Mexico, facility. Today, this enables the facility to obtain 54% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Since 2016, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power for our Gorzow, Poland manufacturing site. It was our second site to run on 100% wind energy for electricity.
Since 2020, the SC Johnson Chicago manufacturing site has run-on wind energy. It was our fourth second site to run on 100% wind energy for electricity.