Climate change and energy

Our approach

2020 highlights

Energy efficiency initiatives

Whenever and wherever possible, we use energy efficiency initiatives to minimize our greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. That is why we work to increase energy efficiency across our operations while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels with more sustainable alternative energy sources and production processes. Here are some examples:

Renewable energy

Our biomass energy systems burn agricultural, factory, and process waste- including wood by-products, paper, cardboard, and cotton waste – in high-efficiency boilers that generate steam and thermal energy required in our textile factories. These systems help us generate close to half of our total energy needs through renewable sources.

This process is carbon neutral because it prevents organic materials from entering landfills where dangerous GHGs would be emitted during the decomposition phase. The ash created during the process remains organic and serves as an effective fertilizer, with low levels of sulphur, for local agricultural processes.

Condensate return

Condensate is the hot liquid by-product resulting from steam energy that has been used in a heat transfer process. Condensate is warm water containing chemical additives that can be reused to produce steam, at just one-third of the cost of generating steam from fresh water and new chemicals.

Heat recovery

Our heat recovery systems use thermal energy to heat our water for our dyeing process. This allows us to significantly reduce the amount of steam we need to generate the required temperature for dyeing, and ultimately allows us to conserve water and reduce energy consumption.

Absorption chillers

Our absorption chillers capture thermal energy from our steam to create cool water that drives many of our factories air conditioning systems. This system generates energy savings in the millions allowing us to reduce our energy use.