Kimberly-Clark (K-C) Corporation build sustainability into every facet of our business. We seek opportunities to make more of our products with sustainable wood fiber, find ways to recycle our packaging, and challenge ourselves every day to discover ways to carry on the resources we enjoy today for generations to come.
In 2017, K-C announced its first major commitment to renewable energy with agreements to annually purchase approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours (245 megawatts - MW) of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma. The renewable energy supplied by the wind farms is equivalent to about one-third of the electricity needs of K-C's North American manufacturing operations. Adding wind-generated electricity to the energy mix will enable the company to achieve more than 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions in 2018, which is four years ahead of the original 2022 target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels.
These two renewable energy projects, combined with other energy initiatives across the company, put K-C on-track to deliver significant multimillion dollar cost savings from energy and climate projects by 2022. It's a powerful demonstration of sustainability initiatives having both great environmental and business benefits.