Effective environmental management across our operations and value chain goes beyond compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We are committed to constantly improve our business activities to achieve the highest standards of environmental sustainability, as stated in our Environment Commitment published in 2018.
In this report, we focus on the four most relevant areas of our environmental footprint: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, biodiversity and deforestation, waste and littering, and water use.
While improving the environmental performance of our manufacturing operations is key, the majority of our environmental footprint arises elsewhere in our value chain, especially in tobacco growing and curing, and with consumer waste (cigarette butt litter). Working collaboratively with tobacco growers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs, and governments is key to the success of our environmental programs and to achieving our targets.
Managing the social impact within our operations and beyond is essential to our long-term success, and the third pillar or PMI's sustainability strategy.
Our efforts to drive operational excellence forward through established programs is the second pillar of PMI's sustainability strategy.
Transforming our business by developing and commercializing smoke-free products to one day replace cigarettes is the first pillar of PMI's sustainability strategy.