Kimberly-Clark (K-C), makers of Kleenex , Huggies ,
Kotex and Baby Soft are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fueled by ingenuity,
creativity, and an understanding of people’s most essential needs, the company creates products that help individuals experience more of what’s important to them
and uses sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, stronger communities, and ensures their business thrives for decades to come.
K-C recently announced its 2030 sustainability strategy which will address key social and environmental challenges of the next decade.
In South Africa, this strategy comes to life through one of the many initiatives at Enstra Mill, K-C’s mill in Springs.
Enstra recently and successfully switched from coal to gas fired boilers, an ambitious project that will deliver a reduction of around 16,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide,
and the teams have had to do that whilst maintaining the energy security because the mills run 24/7.
Ensuring the gas availability and reliability of supply has been one of the project complexities.
The coal phase-out throughout KimberlyClark EMEA is an important milestone for the company’s decarbonisation journey
and represents a critical steppingstone towards decarbonising the thermal energy needs of the South-African operations while exploring solutions to decarbonise its electricity needs as well.
“The Enstra Mill team have achieved a fantastic accomplishment in phasing out coal in our EMEA operations; despite the significant project complexity,
it is a clear kick-off signal of a significant energy transition for Kimberly-Clark in the years to come,” says Oriol Margó, Energy and Climate Leader for Europe,
Middle East and Africa. Kimberly-Clark believes in ‘making lives better-with the smallest environmental footprint’ – a statement that is lived daily
by the business, ensuring they control, measure and reduce the impact on the environment.
“We monitor our emissions, waste disposal to landfill and use fibre that is sourced responsibly.
We do weekly, monthly and annual reporting and we raise non-conformances up to the Global Environment Team to account when we have deviated from the limits.
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