2018 Sustainability Report

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REDUCING OUR FOOTPRINT
Climate Strategy, Energy & Emissions

Driving operational change in a changing world.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goalsindustry, innovation and infrastructureClimate action

Why Climate Strategy, Energy & Emissions Matters

103-1
Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

103-2
Explain management approach components

103-2
Explain management approach components

GRI 302: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3; 305: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

We focus on creating our products efficiently to improve our bottom line, prevent emissions that contribute to climate change and give Greif a competitive advantage.

A-

Greif’s 2018 CDP Score

Demonstrating excellence in carbon management, governance, strategy and best practices, and outperforming the overall average CDP score of a B- and the North American average score of a C.

Governance

We integrate energy efficiency throughout the organization. Greif includes energy and emission reduction targets in incentive structures for executive officers, ensuring emissions reduction strategies reach executive leadership. Energy efficiency is a factor in capital expenditure decisions. All Greif colleagues are eligible for awards and recognition related to energy reduction. Our 11-member Global Energy Team is responsible for coordinating energy and emissions reduction projects throughout the company. Comprised of members from various business functions including management, real estate, energy management, engineering, quality management, plant operations, business unit management, environmental, technical management, health and safety management and maintenance, the team is supported by facility-level management to identify and implement projects across the business. In 2017, the team began working with facilities to create energy roadmaps that identified energy reduction projects, a practice that remains in 2018. Five of our production facilities have achieved ISO 5001 certification for energy management.

In 2018, we increased our focus on sourcing renewable energy by implementing a new Energy Procurement Policy that provides more flexibility and incentive for our facilities to identify and purchase energy from renewable sources. We piloted a renewable energy credit (REC) program in two facilities in North America. We planted 30,000 trees to offset emissions from operations and business travel. To identify new projects to drive energy efficiency, we engaged a third-party to audit our Riverville facility’s energy systems. We completed 47 energy efficiency projects and introduced a formal process to quantify savings from energy efficiency projects. We are proud to announce that our projects resulted in over $2,367,777 in savings.

In 2019, we will continue to complete energy efficiency projects, informed in part by our third-party audit, and report the savings resulting from those efforts. We will continue to increase our focus on renewable energy by evaluating solar power opportunities in NA and the success of our REC pilot.

Goals & Progress

In 2016, Greif announced a 2020 goal of 10 percent reduction in energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of production globally, from a 2014 baseline.

2020 Goal: 10 percent reduction in energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of production, from a fiscal 2014 baseline

Progress: As of the end of fiscal 2018, we achieved a 4.2 percent energy and a 10.3 percent emissions reduction per unit of production from a fiscal 2014 baseline.

Performance

302-1
Energy consumption within the organization

302-4
Reduction of energy consumption

305-1
Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

305-2
Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

305-3
Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

305-4
GHG emissions intensity

305-5
Reduction of GHG emissions

GRI
302-1
302-4
305-1
305-2
305-3
305-4
305-5

 

FY 2014* 

FY 2015

Fy 2016

FY 2017

Fy 2018

Energy

Total Energy Consumption (MWh)

3,228,000

3,057,000

3,009,000

3,058,000

3,103,200

% Reduction in Energy per Unit of Production

(Baseline year)

6%

1.8%

 3.1%

4.2%

% Reduction in Emissions per Unit of Production**

(Baseline year)

N/A

2%

8.4%

10.3%

GHG Emissions (Metric Tons)

Scope 1

362,300

322,500

345,700

367,700 376,700

Scope 2

496,000  438,600 446,700 416,000      415,900

Scope 3

251,500 221,900 2,927,000 3,089,000 2,867,090

Total

1,109,800

983,000 3,719,400 3,872,700 3,659,600
Notes:
  1. Source: 2017 CDP submittal input data
  2. Emissions data accounts for CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3
  3. Scope 3 emissions takes into account upstream transportation and distribution. In 2017, scope 3 was expanded to include purchased goods and services, capital goods, fuel and energy related activities not included in Scope 1 and 2, including waste generated in operations, business travel, employee commuting and end of life treatment of sold products.
  4. Emission data is assured through Bureau Veritas.
*To standardize emissions and inform year-over-year progress toward our 2025 goal, our 2014 emissions data has been restated to correct several facilities’ eGRID regions. Total does not include 246,000 metric tons of CO2e from biogenic sources.
**Our percent reduction in emissions per unit of production dropped from FY 2015 to FY 2016 due to increased fugitive emissions from our Riverville, Virginia, paper mill and total emissions from our Massillon, Ohio, paper mill. Updated emissions and global warming potential factors also contributed to this change.
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The Greif Green Tool

In 2010, we developed the Greif Green Tool to enable our customers to evaluate the GHG emissions associated with different shipping scenarios and calculate their scope 3 GHG emissions. Since being introduced, over 65 customers have used the tool. This past year, we updated the tool to enhance its analytical modeling capabilities, allow plant/process specific analysis and improve the tool’s product and process classification. For more information about how the Greif Green Tool supports packaging decisions, please review our presentation, video and the following publications:

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