At Colgate, reducing our environmental impact is an important part of our commitment to respecting the world around us. Colgate's approach goes beyond simply complying with environmental regulations. We have set global goals to improve our water use and energy use efficiency, and to reduce the carbon emissions and wastewater contaminants associated with our operations. Goals in all of these areas are set globally, and all businesses, divisions and sites track and report on their progress. We have made significant progress toward reducing our impact, yet we acknowledge there is still much to be done.
Colgate reduced energy use per unit of production by over 21% from 2002 to 2009. Learn how we plan to reach 25% by 2010 through energy-efficient lighting, new "green" manufacturing facilities and more efficient transportation and distribution networks. We've also established a Global Energy Reduction Team composed of energy and environmental experts to discover even more ways to conserve. Click here to read more.
From 2002 to 2009, Colgate reduced carbon emissions per ton of product by over 22%. Learn how we're working to reduce our carbon footprint further through regular monitoring of our global CO2 emission data and use of alternative energy sources such as cogeneration and solar heating. Click here to read more.
Colgate's water use per ton of production decreased by over 40% from 2002 to 2009. Find out how our water recycling, consolidated manufacturing processes and more efficient technologies have helped. You can also learn more about our "Water Footprint" model which helps us identify the impact water has on our business and the communities we work in. Click here to read more.
We strive to reduce our wastewater output more and more each year. Learn how we’ve decreased wastewater contaminants by over 17% from 2002 to 2009 using advanced bio-process treatment systems and advanced water recycling technologies and find out what we're doing to reduce wastewater even more in the future. Click here to read more.
Our strategy is to eliminate, reduce or reuse waste whenever possible. Learn about the steps taken so far including researching new ways to use materials again and encouraging consumers to recycle. Then take a look at our environmental key performance indicator chart to know how we're performing. Click here to read more.
Follow our progress toward zero environmental incidents globally and learn how we support this goal through investment in factory environmental infrastructure like spill containment systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Click here to read more.
Find out how we've reduced excess packaging and learn how we've increased the use of recycled content like PET, a post-consumer recycled plastic. And, learn more about our sustainable packaging strategy. Click here to read more.