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Colgate-Palmolive Burlington Site

Colgate-Palmolive Burlington site Silver Image credit: Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Burlington Site | World’s first project to earn LEED Zero in all four categories (Energy, Carbon, Waste and Water)

Burlington, New Jersey
Climate warrior

Colgate-Palmolive is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Its 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy targets net zero carbon emissions in its operations by 2040 and 100% renewable electricity by 2030, aims to operate high-efficient, low-impact, zero waste facilities and achieve 100% zero waste operations by 2025 and has the goal of achieving net zero water at its manufacturing sites in water stressed areas by 2025, and all by 2030.

In addition to the incorporation of on-site solar, the Burlington Site also focuses on reducing energy and carbon usage wherever possible first, then offsetting whatever cannot be eliminated. Once complete, a second phase of solar will produce net 100% of energy needed.

Over a two-year period, starting in 2017, the facility ramped up processes for the “Five Rs” (redesign, reduce, reuse, re-earth, and recycle). To improve engagement, a committee was formed, including team members from all levels of the organization, pushing the program further.