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Energy

Renewable Energy

Like most manufacturing facilities in the countries in which we operate, the energy source used by our plants has traditionally come from fossil fuels, particularly bunker fuel. Fossil fuels have been the focus of much attention in recent years due to their damaging effects to the environment. Fossil fuels generate greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Fossil fuels are also non-renewable and continue to become increasingly costly resources.

Gildan has now transitioned the majority of its steam generation plants from fossil fuels to biomass in Central America and in the Caribbean Basin.

In the Dominican Republic, the steam generation system substitutes fossil fuels with biomass produced from agricultural residue sources and select packaging and production leftovers.

In Honduras, biomass consists of a variety of agroforestry residues, mainly African Palm, cultivated crops harvested from agricultural energy plantations and non-fossil industrial residues from Gildan’s production processes.

In 2016, 32% of Gildan’s total energy was powered from renewable sources.

  • KEY BENEFITS OF GILDAN’S BIOMASS STEAM GENERATION SYSTEMS

    • The dedicated energy crops plantations provide numerous and diversified jobs in urban and rural areas, reducing migration flow to the cities.
    • The energy from plantation-grown biomass is considered a carbon neutral process; therefore, it does not contribute to global warming and climate change.
    • Biomass crops combustion generates less ash than coal with the advantage that the generated ash can be used as organic soil fertilizer.
    • Biomass crops contain very low levels of sulfur.
    • Biomass crops are a local source of fuel, independent of fluctuating oil prices. Their use in developing countries greatly reduces economic pressures resulting from oil derivatives and increases the country’s energy autonomy.
    • Biomass is a reliable, long-term fuel supply.
    • Biomass supports the development of agro-industries for the production of renewable and clean energy.

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