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P&G Leads from the Front with a New Commitment to LEED Certification
Procter & Gamble has announced its plans to pursue LEED certification for all new sites, which include offices, plants, distribution centers, and research and development centers. This commitment will reinforce P&G's efforts to achieve excellence in sustainable design and eco-design processes. The company's long-term vision of sustainability includes powering its manufacturing centers with 100 percent renewable energy and achieving zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
LEED is a global program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It is established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is considered the gold standard in green building and construction. All new P&G sites around the world that are in the design stage or early construction stage are planning to pursue LEED certification. The first manufacturing site of the company that has formally registered for LEED certification is the Taicang plant in China. This P&G site will include sustainable environment features such as optimal water recycling, minimal water consumption using innovative efforts such as recovering steam condensate, and rainwater harvesting for the replenishment of on-site landscaping water.
Outdoor lighting at the Taicang plant will be powered by innovative energy-efficient methods such as a combination of solar energy and use of high-efficiency mechanical equipment. The operational design of the plant is aimed at maximizing recycling of waste and eventually achieving zero waste to landfill. P&G's decision to pursue LEED certification for all its future buildings is a part of the company's long-term goals of sustainability. In the long run, the company aims to power all its plants with 100 percent renewable energy and use 100 percent renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.
Doug Gatlin, Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council has said that this move of P&G represents the company's firm commitment to improving our environment for the future generations. "LEED certified green buildings contribute to saving energy, water and money," Doug added. P&G is going a step further in its sustainability efforts by committing itself to all local green building certification standards in countries where equivalent programs are available. The company's environmental supplier scorecard introduced in 2010 was a major step to reflect its commitment to sustainability, and its current step amplifies that commitment. P&G has been recognized for its long-term commitment to sustainability in 2008/2009 when Just Means and Financial Times honored the company with a Social Innovation Award.
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