Environmental Management

Most of our companies’ products are agricultural products. We understand the effect that nature, including changes to our climate, may have on our companies and their products.
We recognize other global concerns, such as water availability and quality, and stakeholders’ interest in knowing how we are managing our impact. In addition, thinking about how to reduce our environmental impact is another way to innovate and be more efficient.  So we think it’s important that our companies play an active role in protecting our natural resources and reducing our impact on the environment.
Altria's Chief Operating Officer is the executive sponsor of our environmental sustainability goals. We review progress against goals with our sponsor and operating company presidents semi-annually.
Each of our operating companies adopted environmental policies that guide how our employees approach their work. These policies address air emissions, environmental assessment, hazardous materials, waste and wastewater/storm water management.
 
Altria's Environmental Goals
Altria set goals to reduce our businesses’ environmental impact. In 2012, we evaluated our progress and renewed our long-term environmental goals with a focus on 2016. Each of our companies contributes to this effort. Here are our goals, as well as progress so far.
Environmental Management Framework
Our Environmental Management Framework helps set direction, guide decision making and promote continuous improvement. The framework includes management structure, policies, programs and measurement.
 
Here are a few examples of our companies' approach:
 

To meet our goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions, we need to be innovative. In 2014, Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, which are home to our two largest production facilities, switched from coal-fired boilers to natural gas boilers. Long term, this will significantly reduce their Scope 1 emissions. In addition, our operating companies are implementing programs to reduce energy use in their facilities. These efforts will help reduce costs and the emissions associated with energy use.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ wineries in Washington, Oregon and California employ drip irrigation on all of their vineyards. Nearly all of the company’s contract growers also use this technique. It minimizes water loss by delivering water to the plant’s roots, as compared to overhead systems that water the entire vineyard. Weather stations and soil moisture-measuring probes monitor water use and eliminate wasted water. These practices helped Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards and Northstar vineyards earn third party sustainable certification for LIVE and Salmon Safe in 2009.

Learn more about Ste. Michelle’s sustainability efforts.

PM USA uses cigarette packs and its corporate and consumer websites to remind smokers that cigarette butts are litter and should be disposed of properly. The company also works with others who care about this issue. Since 2002, PM USA has collaborated with Keep America Beautiful to provide funds to research, develop and launch the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP). This program increases consumer awareness that cigarette butts are litter, installs ash receptacles at places where smokers must extinguish their cigarettes, encourages the use of portable litter devices and encourages enforcement of existing litter laws. Keep America Beautiful has implemented programs in more than 1,400 U.S. communities, consistently cutting cigarette butt litter by half.