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.

In 2017, through energy reduction and greener energy in our factories, we lowered annual carbon emissions from operations by 5.5 percent, or 36,000 metric tons, compared to 2016.

These results build on the significant progress already made. From 2010-2017, we saved around 280,000 metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to over 100,000 passenger return flights from New York to London.


Reduction of absolute CO2e emissions from our own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 60% by 2040, versus 2010 baseline


Share of electricity used in manufacturing from renewables by 2030, versus 2010 baseline


Reduction of absolute CO2e emissions from our operations and value chain (scope 1, 2, and 3) by 2030, versus 2010 baseline


Reduction of flue-curing GHG emissions by 2020, versus 2010 baseline


Share of tobacco leaf purchased that is cured using sustainably sourced fuels by 2020


Coal used in tobacco curing by 2020

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. 100 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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