Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Article Post Date: 2015

The bright blue bars are 2020 targets and the darker gray bars reflect actual performance.

Reducing their contribution to climate change is the primary aim of PMI’s sustainability strategy. PMI has created greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals with each of their partner factories in China to achieve bigger gains in reducing GHG emissions. By 2020, PMI will achieve a per-unit carbon emissions reduction of at least 30% at all their partner factories. Each factory is at a different stage in its journey towards environmental improvement. PMI began collecting energy data from each factory in different years, making the baseline year for the reduction goals different for each one.

To continue to minimize environmental impact and address their contribution to climate change, PMI will take additional steps in how they collaborate with suppliers. PMI’s partner factories will receive training in energy and GHG emissions accounting and management to help them identify emissions sources within their operations as well as opportunities to reduce those emissions. While energy reduction projects are currently in place at each factory, tailored plans for each factory will be implemented in 2015-2016 to meet their specific goals and lead to more significant emissions reductions.


The above graph shows PMI’s absolute Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in MT of CO2e. As of 2014, PMI Joinease was no longer considered to be under operational control of PMI. PMI Joinease’s emissions are now accounted for under Scope 3, which decreased the total Scope 1 and 2 emissions. PMI acquired two new facilities in Brazil at the end of 2014. The emissions associated with those facilities were accounted for under Scope 1 and 2. Our Scope 3 emissions include emissions associated with our contract factories, leased offices, ocean and ground freight transportation, employee commuting, and employee air travel.

*Source of emission factors used: Ranping Song, Jingjing Zhu, Ping Hou, Hongtao Wang. 2013. “Getting Every Ton of Emissions Right: An Analysis of Emission Factors for Purchased Electricity in China.” Working Paper. World Resources Institute, Beijing.
**Source of global warming potential used: Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007).