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Goals & Targets

GHG Reduction Goal

Goal

Gildan will reduce its GHG emissions intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 20% as compared to the baseline year of 2010.

Timeline:

2015

Progress:

Since 2010, Gildan reduced its GHG emissions intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product by 34%, thus exceeding its goal. 

For more details, please read our GHG emissions section.

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New Goal

Gildan will reduce its GHG emissions intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 10% as compared to the baseline year of 2015.

Progress:

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include recovering the heat generated by the wastewater from the dye machines, which is very hot, and could be used for steam.

Energy Reduction Goal

Goal

Gildan will reduce its energy intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 20% as compared to the baseline year of 2010.

Timeline:

2015

Progress:

Since 2010, Gildan reduced its energy intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 14 % as compared to the baseline year of 2010. Although we did not meet our 20% energy reduction goal in 2015, during the course of the past year we continued to observe a decreasing trend in the energy intensity of our operations. We remain committed to continuing to reduce our energy intensity and meet a revised target by 2020 (see below). We anticipate we can do so by continuing the implementation of new energy efficiency projects throughout all of our facilities.

The main project that was identified by Gildan in order to reach this target was the installation of high efficiency steam absorption chillers which run on steam that is produced by our biomass steam generation expansion. As the absorption chillers are still not fully ramped up at our Honduras Rio Nance complex, we did not reduce our energy consumption to the level planned for 2015. We expect the project to be fully ramped up during the course of 2016, and thus, expect to see a significant reduction in energy use, allowing Gildan to use 100% of the supply demand of steam from the biomass to chill water, which was previously done by using purchased electricity.

For more details, please read our Energy section.

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New Goal

Gildan will reduce its energy intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 10% as compared to the baseline year of 2015.

Progress:

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include recovering the heat generated by the wastewater from the dye machines, which is very hot, and could be used for steam.

Water Reduction Goal

Goal

Gildan will reduce its water intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 10% as compared to the baseline year of 2010.

Timeline:

2015

Progress:

Since 2010, Gildan has decreased its water intensity by 17%. Although the main project that was identified in order to reduce our water consumption was the brine recovery system, which would allow us to recycle water and reuse it in our processes, it is the replacement of our jet dyeing machines at our latest refurbished textile facility (Rio Nance 1) in Honduras that has helped us achieve our water reduction target. 

In addition, Gildan installed hot water heat recovery systems with lint filtration at all of our textile facilities. This process, which filters the lint by using water, allows us to reduce approximately 6,170,000 m3 of water annually. Furthermore, the lint recuperated by the filtration system results in a reduction of up to 70% of all the solid material contained in the wastewater sent to the Biotop lagoons for treatment. This helps in improving the Biotop’s efficiency in cleaning our facilities’ effluents.

Gildan continues to intend to ramp up its brine recovery system, which is expected to achieve a further 400 m3/day reduction in water consumption.  

For more information, please read our Water Efficiency section.

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New Goal

Gildan will reduce its water intensity resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 10% as compared to the baseline year of 2015.

Progress:

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include installing controls at well pumps in order to prevent overflow.

Waste Reduction Goal

Goal

Gildan will reduce its vslume of waste sent to landfill resulting from its owned operations, by 20% as compared to the baseline year of 2010.

Timeline:

2015

Progress:

Since 2010, Gildan decreased its waste sent to landfill from our owned operations by 19%.  

Although we did not completely reach our target, we attribute the 19% decrease of our waste to landfill to:

  1. An increase in the % of recycled waste at our facilities. This includes waste from the production area and at our cafeterias following a recycling awareness campaign.

  2. An increase in the % of the recovered waste that we generate at the production area. For example, cardboard, wood pallets and reels of yarn are used as biomass in our boilers.

In addition, in 2015, we managed to recycle or repurposed close to 90% of our total waste.

For more information, please read our Waste section.

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New Goal

Gildan will reduce its waste sent to landfill resulting from its owned operations, per kg of product, by 10% as compared to the baseline year of 2015.

Progress:

Projects identified in order to achieve this goal include improving the landfill waste deferral rate of the least performing facilities by improving the efficiency of the waste management programs in place based on the successful programs of the most performing facilities.

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:

In 2014, we started the implementation at our facilities in the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh. We estimate the implementation in the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh to be 60% complete.

In 2015 we started this implementation at our facilities in Canada and the United-States.

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