We continued to make progress in reducing CO2 in 2012, adding to savings since our 2008 baseline, which are now equivalent to taking around 200,000 cars off the road. We have also made good progress in increasing the energy from renewable sources at our manufacturing sites. All our sites in the US now purchase electricity from certified renewable sources, as well as those in Europe and Canada.
However, in some cases the cost of renewable energy is high compared to energy from non-renewable fuels. We continue to evaluate cost-effective and scalable renewable technologies that will contribute to our global target.
Our new factories now have sustainability built into their core designs. In addition to eco-efficient design of production processes, we are using certification systems such as LEED and BREEAM environmental assessment methods and rating systems for buildings. Our seven new factories in 2013 will achieve a rating of LEED Silver or above.
Reducing GHG through Biomass
In 2012 we commissioned a new biomass boiler at our Pouso Alegre site in Brazil which produces our AdeS and Knorr products. This burns recycled wood rather than oil and will reduce emissions by around 80%.
We are now using bio-energy at 30 of our 252 manufacturing sites, providing around 7% of the energy we use. This reduces our annual emissions from fossil fuels by over 150,000 tonnes of CO2. We are planning to install additional boilers at sites in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Over €300 million cost avoided
Since 2008, our manufacturing eco-efficiency programme has used a number of cost-effective investments to reduce our energy, water and waste. Initiatives range from encouraging people to adopt small actions that make a big difference cumulatively, such as ensuring lights are turned off, to larger investments such as biomass boilers. We have reduced our environmental footprint while avoiding cumulative supply chain costs of over €300 million: