Waxdale, which is the size of 36 football fields, is home to additional clean energy initiatives. In the mid-2000s, two cogeneration systems were put in place that use waste methane gas from a nearby public landfill and clean burning natural gas to generate 85 percent of the facility's electrical energy. The new wind turbines will provide the remaining 15 percent.
"This project shows that when wind energy and global manufacturing come together, it can have a phenomenal impact on improving our environment," said Cathy Stepp, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Today is about celebrating the great leadership shown by SC Johnson, as well as encouraging other large companies to make similar efforts at finding greener ways to do business."
An Ongoing Commitment to the Environment
The 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale are just one of the company's many clean energy programs. A 262-foot-tall wind turbine in the Netherlands helps power the SC Johnson European manufacturing facility, in addition to SWIFT mini turbines at its Racine, Wis., headquarters and Lowell, Ark., sales office. Since 2000, SC Johnson has also worked to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26 percent. In Bay City, Michigan, nearly half of the electricity needed to operate the SC Johnson plant now comes from offsite wind power. The company is researching on-site projects now to increase the use of clean energy there.At the SC Johnson plant in Medan, Indonesia, waste palm shells are used as a replacement for diesel fuel. It transfers a waste product back into the value chain with minimal impact and has reduced local diesel fuel use by 80 percent. It cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent. In May 2012, the company launched a new biofuel initiative at our factory in Surabaya, Indonesia using waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source. Consuming rice husks rather than diesel fuel, the Surabaya boiler is expected to generate about 6,000,000 kcal per hour to heat water used in mosquito coil production. Several solar projects are helping provide hot water heating for the company's facility in Shanghai. One provides hot water for food service and other office needs. Solar-heated waste water from the facility's steam piping network aids aerosol production. In addition to these energy saving efforts, SC Johnson is also working towards becoming landfill neutral by 2016. Through operational commitments, the company expects to eliminate or divert more than 480 million pounds of waste from the nation's landfills, which is equivalent to more than its U.S. waste footprint. The company defines its waste footprint as all its U.S. manufacturing, office and consumer packaging waste and shipping materials.