Reducing energy use


Understanding energy use is essential to improving energy efficiency at General Mills facilities around the world.

The Five-Step Energy Reduction Process is central to our approach.

In 2015, we implemented more than 300 projects at 17 sites through this global program . These saved over 132 million kWh, delivered US$5.3 million in HMM reduction and avoided nearly 38,000 metric tons CO2e of GHG emissions. Compared to fiscal 2014, this is an 86 percent improvement in energy savings and a 56 percent increase in avoided GHG emissions.

We fell short in our target goal, set in 2005, to reduce energy use 20 percent by 2015. We reduced this rate 10 percent. Growth in products with higher energy intensity (such as Greek yogurt), as well as fixed energy usage across lower production volumes, adversely impacted the rate.

The 19 plants participating in the Five-Step Energy Reduction Process, including nine added during 2015, represent 68 percent of our global energy use from manufacturing.

We plan to launch this program at more locations in the near future and expect to save about US$20 million in energy use over the next several years.

Improving energy efficiency companywide

Beyond the Five-Step Energy Reduction Process, all of our facilities globally pursue energy efficiency activities to save money, decrease environmental impact and drive progress toward our energy reduction goal. For example, green building design also improves our performance in energy use, as well as water and waste:

  • About 12 percent of the square footage at our world headquarters is certified LEED or LEED Commercial Interiors, and approximately 30 percent of the space in our North American distribution centers was certified LEED Gold.
  • General Mills is a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.

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