Global warming threatens the places we care about most deeply and the farming systems we depend on to grow our food. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the major source of global warming pollution and is caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity, fuel transportation and run manufacturing operations. Conventional agriculture—which uses 30 percent to 50 percent more fossil fuels than organic farming—also contributes significantly to global warming.
Our climate and energy goals are to source 100% green power for Clif Bar owned and operated facilities and offset our annual carbon footprint by supporting projects that generate social and environmental benefits. In addition we are working to reduce carbon intensity to 10% below a 2014 baseline by 2020 as well as working with supply chain partners to transition to at least 50% green power for electricity used for Clif Bar products and services by 2020. These goals support our three-fold approach for climate action:
1. Reducing our use of fossil fuels and supporting a transition to clean energy:
- Solar powered rooftop: A 500 Kw solar array on the roof our office certified LEED Platinum headquarters generates approximately 80 percent of our electricity. A solar thermal array heats our water, too.
- Our Cool Car incentive program helps employees buy an electric car or fuel-efficient hybrid. Over 430 vehicles purchased to date.
- Our Cool Commute program rewards employees who leave their car at home and walk, bike, or take public transportation. We also support employees purchasing commuter bikes.
- Our Cool Home program provides annual funding to help employees make energy efficient upgrades to their home or install solar panels.
- We’re increasing our use of rail transport for shipping our bars.
2. Helping to build new sources of clean, renewable energy through our carbon offsets.
- To take responsibility for the carbon emissions generated by our headquarters, business travel, bakeries and shipping to our warehouses, we’re helping build new school- and community-based wind farms in partnership with NativeEnergy. The wind farms generate clean, renewable energy that offsets our annual carbon emissions.
- In 2007 we offset our historic carbon emissions dating back to the company’s start in 1992.
3. Connecting with others to build the climate movement. (We realize it’s not enough just to green our own facilities)
- In 2017, after the federal government left the Paris Climate Agreement, we stood up for climate action and announced “We Are Still In,” joining 2,700 other organizations in declaring our support for the Paris climate commitments. A year later, we stepped up our commitment, following an invitation to join the We Are Still In Leaders’ Circle to encourage other businesses to be a part of the climate solution.
- In 2014 we announced our “50/50 by 2020” initiative for our supply chain partners. Our goal is to get 50 of our key supplier facilities to transition to at least 50% green power used on our behalf by 2020. We have already helped 43 facilities make this transition.
- We advocate for strong, effective climate and water conservation policy at the state and national level in partnership with CERES (BICEP – Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy and Connect the Drops) and Protect Our Winters.
PHOTO CREDIT: Native Energy, Inc. Used with permission.