Philip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL) has installed solar panels at its manufacturing facilities in Kotri and Sahiwal with combined capacity of 458.6 kilowatt peak (kWp). The solar panels are also capable of CO2 emission reduction by up to 362 tons per annum.
PMPKL’s director of operations, Alejandro Okroglic, said, “Introduction of eco-friendly solar panels at PMPKL’s factories demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and energy saving. In the context of Pakistan, we realize that by utilizing viable energy-saving technology and adopting sustainable practices companies like ours can have a very positive impact.”
Philip Morris International has developed a global energy management program (EMP) which consists of more than 20 energy reduction initiatives. These initiatives have led to the implementation of more than 100 global projects for energy and CO2 management since 2010 to decrease energy use and related CO2 emissions in PMI’s manufacturing facilities worldwide.
PMI has also established ambitious emission reduction targets which include a long-term commitment to a 20% reduction in fossil-fuel related energy and CO2 emissions from PMI plants by the end of 2016, and a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint across the whole chain by 2020.
In addition, PMI is actively backing reforestation efforts in Pakistan, in areas where wood is used in tobacco production. Under this program, more than one million saplings have been planted in 2015 in Attock District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.