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Goals & Targets

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GHG Reduction Goal

Goal

By 2020 Gildan will reduce its GHG emissions intensity by 10%, per kg of product, from our owned operations, when compared to our 2015 baseline year.

Timeline:

2020

Progress:

Since 2015, Gildan increased its GHG emissions intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product by 5%. Although we saw an increase in our GHG footprint for 2016, Gildan continues to be committed to meeting our 2020 goal. Due to changing market conditions and in order to support current facility expansion and ramp-up  efforts, 2016 saw an increase in the use of diesel and bunker fuel use when compared to 2015. This had a direct impact on our GHG footprint.      

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include: steam and condensate line insulation efforts in order to minimize loss, in addition to lighting retrofits and improved compressed air management practices. 

For more details, please read our GHG emissions section.

Energy Reduction Goal

Goal

By 2020 Gildan will reduce its energy intensity by 10%, per kg of product, from our owned operations, when compared to our 2015 baseline year.

Timeline:

2020

Progress:

In 2016, our energy intensity decreased by 10% when compared to our 2015 baseline thus meeting our goal within our first year. We continue to increase our efforts on maintaining a trend of declining energy intensity in our operations, particularly as we expand our manufacturing base going forward, including investments towards the completion of a new textile facility in the Rio Nance complex. 

The main project identified in order to reach this target continues to be the installation of high efficiency chillers which run on steam that is produced by our biomass generation expansion. A second project identified in order to achieve this goal is the installation of hot water heat recovery systems at all of our textile facilities. Other projects include steam and condensate line insulation efforts in order to minimize loss, lighting retrofits and improved compressed air management practices. 

For more details, please refer to our Energy section.

Water Reduction Goal

Goal

By 2020 Gildan will reduce its water intensity by 10%, per kg of product, from our owned operations, when compared to our 2015 baseline year.

Timeline:

2020

Progress:

Since 2015, Gildan has decreased its water intensity by 5%. The replacement of our jet dyeing machines at our latest textile Rio Nance 1 facility in Honduras as a result of a refurbishment effort has contributed to helping us reduce our water consumption. 

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include: the installation of controls at well pumps in order to prevent overflow and the installation of timer controls and flow meters in order to better manage water use in our facilities at our Rio Nance complex.

For more information, please read our Water Efficiency section.

Waste Reduction Goal

Goal

By 2020, Gildan will reduce landfill waste intensity by 10%, per kg of product, from our owned operations, when compared to our 2015 baseline year.

Timeline:

2020

Progress:

Since 2015, Gildan shows an increasing trend in our landfill waste intensity of 28%. In 2016 we managed to recycle or repurpose 86% of our total waste. 

We attribute the aforementioned landfill waste intensity increase to refurbishment efforts in several facilities including our Rio Nance 1 textile facility in Honduras and one of our yarn-spinning facility’s located in Clarkton, NC in addition to the ramp up of our largest new yarn-spinning facility in Mocksville, NC. 

This increase in landfilled wastes for 2016 is atypical and we are continuing to develop key initiatives to reduce waste and reach our 10% reduction goal by 2020.

One of the outcomes of Gildan’s 2016 EHS summit was the call for the identification of waste reduction initiatives at a facility level. This exercise will enable us to better identify key initiatives that can help us reach our 10% landfill waste reduction target by 2020. We will continue to improve the landfill waste deferral rate of the least performing facilities by implementing successful programs taken from our better performing facilities.

As a first step of the waste reduction identification efforts, our Central American EHS regional team carried out a deep dive at the following manufacturing locations: Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic. As part of the deep dive exercise, the current equipment in use for waste management was assessed in order to determine if it is optimal for the required application or if there are better alternatives available in the market, in addition to determining if supplementary equipment is needed at each of the manufacturing locations. The regional EHS team is also evaluating new waste disposal contractors at each location. 

Other measures underway at other manufacturing locations include: the re-evaluation of current waste streams in order to maximize recycled wastes/reduce wastes sent to landfills, employee awareness and training campaigns and reduction-at-source initiatives that include the selection of products with reduced packaging and working with suppliers that enable the return of packaging materials/containers for reuse/repurposing.     

For more information, please read our Waste section.

Policies and Procedures

Goal

Complete the development of Gildan’s environmental management system based on the ISO14001 standard in the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Canada and the United-States.

Timeline:

2016

Progress:

The implementation at our North-American facilities, Canada and the United-States, is now complete.

We estimate the implementation in the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh to be 85% complete.

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