General Mills: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)20.4%
Annual (2018)5.4%
PORTFOLIO ENERGY PERFORMANCE

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. With an energy intensity improvement of 20.4% since its baseline year of 2012, General Mills has met its 20% reduction in energy intensity target in 2018. A key aspect of its corporate energy management approach is continual improvement. To achieve continual improvement, General Mills has identified and trained internal energy engineers at the plant level for their energy intensive plants. In addition,these engineers have identifed and implemented a wide variety of capital projects, low cost/no cost projects, and behavioral changes to achieve its energy results.  

ENERGY PERFORMANCE BY FACILITY

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. General Mills has achieved an energy performance improvement of 6% or more at 40% of its facilities, and 6 of its facilities have achieved over 10% improvement over the past six years. Six of General Mills 22 facilities have experienced no improvement or an increase in energy intensity, indicating the company still has room to improve on its already significant energy efficiency accomplishments. 

METHOD FOR CALCULATING ENERGY PERFORMANCE

The scope of General Mills’ pledge includes 22 plants, most manufacturing a mix of products. General Mills uses energy per pound of product in determining energy intensity at the plant and corporate levels.  The absolute change and percent change in source energy use, production output, and energy intensity are tracked for each facility on both a monthly and annual basis. These metrics are rolled up to the corporate level using DOE's EnPI tool. 

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