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Energy Efficiency and Carbon Performance

Making solid progress in reducing our environmental footprint

As a leading multinational that manufactures and sells products in over 180 countries, PMI has a complex environmental footprint that needs to be managed. That’s why we have ambitious targets to reduce emissions, including a long-term commitment to tackle climate change. We’re proud of the longevity of our programs, the comprehensive disclosure of our activities and our tangible results. We surpassed our aim for 20-percent lower fossil-fuel-related emissions from manufacturing operations by the end of 2016 – actually achieving 27%. Now we’re targeting a 30% reduction in our carbon footprint across our whole value chain by 2020.

PMI Manufacturing CO2 Emissions

In 2016, through energy reduction and greener energy in our factories, we lowered annual carbon emissions from operations by 3.6 percent, or 25,000 metric tons, compared to 2015.

These results build on the significant progress already made. From 2010-2016, we saved around 250,000 metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to over 100,000 passenger return flights from New York to London. 

  • Nine out of 12 of our manufacturing facilities in the EU source all their electricity from certified renewable resources.
  • Globally, we ran over 200 energy-saving projects in 2014-2015, bringing the total savings since 2010 to over one million gigajoules. That’s enough to meet the energy requirements of around 100,000 households for one year.
  • In Lithuania, our factory transitioned away from traditional boilers fueled by oil or gas, to those running on sustainably sourced wood pellets. This effort will replace 1.6 million m3 of natural gas each year with wood pellets, delivering a reduction of around 3,000 tons of CO2.


metric tons of CO2 saved in 2016 vs 2015 across our factories and fleet


metric tons of CO2 saved overall from 2010-2016


equivalent return-trip flights from New York to London saved in carbon emissions since 2010
Our long-term commitment to tackling climate change

Saving Carbon Across Our Factories

Improvements in our factories range from small – or even zero-cost measures – to large-scale process changes

Installation of low- or no-energy (natural) lighting in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic 
Heat recovery from process equipment in Indonesia, Russia, Poland, and Canada
Steam-system optimization or reduction in Indonesia, Argentina, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Pakistan
Chiller-system improvements in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Russia
Air-compressor, vacuum, or ventilation improvements in Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, and Russia
More efficient humidification in Turkey and Canada

Our environmental management meets the same high standard worldwide

ISO 14001 is the pre-eminent international standard for environmental management, providing us with a consistent framework for managing our environmental impact. Ninety-three percent of our factories worldwide are ISO 14001 certified.

Every facility is different, and we need to tailor our approach according to local circumstances. For example, we are prioritizing water conservation for facilities in water-scarce regions. Likewise, we first invest in renewable energy where it’s available, cost-effective, provides supply security, or is just a better environmental option. ISO 14001 allows us to focus on the issues that matter most, while providing a consistent framework for continuous improvement.
  • Csaba Csiszko, Director Environment, Health and Safety, Operations, Philip Morris International
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