Seven of Kellogg’s U.S. cookie and cracker bakeries received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) first ENERGY STAR certification for bakeries that demonstrate best-in-class energy performance.
These ENERGY STAR-certified facilities represent more than half of the 13 EPA-recognized U.S. cookie and cracker plants from multiple companies. Collectively, these facilities prevent more than 85,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually compared to average performing bakeries. According to the EPA, these bakeries use one-quarter less energy than similar plants across the country.

The ENERGY STAR-certified bakeries include Augusta Bakery, Augusta, Ga.; Cary Bakery, Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte Bakery, Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati Bakery, Cincinnati, Ky.; Columbus Bakery, Columbus, Ga.; Florence Bakery, Florence, Ky.; and Louisville Bakery, Louisville, Ky.

"Kellogg is honored to receive this recognition from the EPA, demonstrating our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our business," says Celeste Clark, Kellogg’s chief sustainability officer and senior vice president, global public policy and external relations. "We've committed to reducing our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 15-20% by 2015 and already, we've made steady gains toward these goals in the last several years."

Since 2005, Kellogg has reduced its energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7.5% and 9.8%, respectively, per metric ton of food produced. As part of the company's more than 100-year commitment to corporate responsibility, each plant around the world has reduction goals in place for energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste sent to landfill.

"This EPA recognition was the result of many projects and initiatives―both large and small-at our facilities, as well as the ongoing contributions and dedication from our employees," says Alistair Hirst, senior vice president, operations, for Kellogg Co.'s U.S. snacks business unit. "Some of these efforts include installation of motion sensors and high efficiency lighting as well as installing more efficient ovens and boilers, among other initiatives."

More information on Kellogg’s environmental initiatives, check out its third Global Corporate Responsibility Report, available at