Across our businesses worldwide, we are making improvements to the energy efficiency of our plants and processes.
We continue to focus on reducing energy consumption in our operations.
Our energy audit program collects and shares sustainability best practices across our production facilities, such as dryer and oven optimization, building heating and cooling system improvements and lighting replacement innovations.
The combined savings from individual projects at each of our plants adds up to significant energy reductions across the company.
During 2012, we used 2.4 billion kilowatt hours of energy in our wholly owned production facilities, 7.0 percent less than in 2011.
During this time, we used 514 kilowatt hours per metric ton of product, a decrease of 2.7 percent over 2011.
=These decreases were primarily due to a continual focus on energy conservation and developing processes around energy management.
Main sources of energy included natural gas (54 percent of the total) and electricity (45 percent of the total). We remain committed to meeting our goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2015, using 2005 as our baseline year.
Energy reduction process
In the United States, we are using a new process to drive energy efficiency in our Big G cereal sites, which account for more than 40 percent of our global energy consumption. MORE