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Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Dallas, Texas

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a leading global health and hygiene company operating in 37 countries, whose products are known in more than 150. The company's commitment to sustainable growth incorporates energy management as an integral part of its long-term strategy. Kimberly-Clark is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for the accomplishments of its energy management program. Achievements in 2009 include:

  • Improving energy efficiency globally by 1.3 percent over 2008 and 4.4 percent since 2005, representing annual savings exceeding $27 million.
  • Reaching outside the company to influence its Energy Value Chain to address embedded energy in supplier operations. In 2009, four strategic supplier facilities received energy performance reviews.
  • Investing in energy improvements including: completing a project to utilize biomass to generate power on-site; improving an existing combined heat and power plant; building a plant heat recovery system to capture heat from a process exhaust stack, which reduced the amount of natural gas required by 100,000 MMBtu per year; and eliminating nearly 13,300 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually by using landfill gas for boiler power at a plant. 
  • Launching its Small Steps program, in which employees take a step to improve the environment; purchasing ENERGY STAR products is one of the nine standard options. To date, 1,900 employees worldwide have made a commitment.
  • Leading its industry by actively supporting EPA's ENERGY STAR Pulp and Paper Focus. The company participated in testing plant energy performance indicators for benchmarking and reviewed an Energy Guide on saving opportunities in the industry's plants. Kimberly-Clark made the Energy Guide available to all facilities through its information sharing system.
  • Kimberly-Clark is a successful partner in several other EPA programs: Climate Leaders, Green Power Partnership, Landfill Methane Outreach Program, and SmartWay.