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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 2015 – actually achieving 24%. Now we’re targeting a 30% reduction in our carbon footprint across our whole value chain by 2020.

PMI Manufacturing CO2 Emissions

In 2015, through energy reduction and greener energy in our factories, we lowered annual carbon emissions from operations by seven percent, or 55,000 metric tons, compared to 2014.

These results build on the significant progress already made. From 2010-2015, we saved around 200,000 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.

55,000

metric tons of CO2 saved in 2015 vs 2014 across our factories and fleet

200,000

metric tons of CO2 saved overall from 2010-2015

100,000

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

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light
Installation of low- or no-energy (natural) lighting in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic 
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heat
Heat recovery from process equipment in Indonesia, Russia, Poland, and Canada
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Steam
Steam-system optimization or reduction in Indonesia, Argentina, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Pakistan
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cool
Chiller-system improvements in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Russia
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air
Air-compressor, vacuum, or ventilation improvements in Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, and Russia
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humidity
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.
  • Andrew Harrop, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Philip Morris International
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