The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored Clif Bar as one of its 2017 Climate Leadership Award winners, recognizing the company for its leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate action. Clif Bar was one of two winners for supply chain leadership.
“We are proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship and the contribution we make toward a more sustainable food system,” said Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar’s director of environmental stewardship. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts. We remain committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting the use of renewable energy – at our own facilities and throughout our supply chain – from field to final product.”
Sustainability efforts include:
- Clif Bar has an innovative green power program for its own operations and supply chain partners, including companies that make its ingredients, packaging or provide baking and logistics services. Through this program, called “50/50 by 2020,” Clif Bar asks supply chain partners to source 50 percent or more green power for the electricity they use on Clif Bar’s behalf. The program’s goal is to have 50 supply chain facilities transition to 50 percent or more green power by 2020. This program launched in 2015, and as of September 2016, 12 supply chain facilities had verified purchases of 50 percent or 100 percent green power, which is 24 percent of the 2020 goal.
- The combination of these efforts has resulted in more than 9 million kWh of green power purchased each year. Twenty additional supplier facilities are being evaluated for achievement of the 50 percent goal, which will likely more than double the program’s impact by the end of this year.
- To help its supply chain partners achieve the 2020 goal, Clif Bar offers free consulting with an expert in renewable energy procurement and finance, helping the companies find green power solutions that make business sense for them. Clif Bar also provides recognition opportunities at its annual Supplier Summit and encourages supply chain partners to join the EPA Green Power Partnership.
- Clif Bar sources 100 percent green power for its own facilities, including its headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., where 80 percent of its electricity is generated by an onsite solar array.