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Hanesbrands Inc.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of apparel essentials, operating in more than 25 countries and employing approximately 45,000 people. The company is committed to responsible environmental stewardship by conserving natural resources, minimizing energy consumption, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hanesbrands is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its energy management program and for its strategic energy communications reaching broad audiences. Key accomplishments include:

  • Reducing energy intensity by 9.2 percent, equivalent to $12 million in annual savings.
  • Building its corporate-wide energy management program using the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management and reaching beyond the company through its Energy Value Chain to impact customer energy performance. 
  • Benchmarking 200 retail outlet stores using EPA's Portfolio Manager.
  • Investing in energy improvements at various facilities including: completing a project to use agricultural residuals to power a new biomass steam boiler; purchasing geothermal and hydro power at two manufacturing sites; and shifting to low-impact transportation (rail) for its products for an estimated 41.3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Communicating its commitment to the environment through targeted outreach programs including an Earth Day billboard, strategic ENERGY STAR signage in its facilities, and a business-to-business campaign utilizing its catalogs to promote corporate energy management and ENERGY STAR, which could reach an estimated 100,000 unique businesses.
  • Sharing best energy management practices with ENERGY STAR partners and mentoring new ones.