Altria | Responsibility | Environmental Management

    Environmental Management

    As the parent of companies that depend on our planet's natural resources, Altria has set a goal to reduce our businesses' environmental impact and to promote the sustainability of the natural resources on which they depend.
    Environmental Focus Areas & Goals 
    Our operating companies understand the effect that nature, including changes to our climate, may have on their business. We also know that our environmental impact extends beyond our facilities. From seed to disposal of their products, our companies have an important role to play in protecting our environmental resources.
    Our shareholders, employees, neighbors and communities expect that we take steps to help ensure the resources they need are available. They also expect that we help protect the ecosystems sustaining our businesses and operate responsibly with respect for the environment.
    In 2012, Altria renewed its long-term environmental goals. Altria’s President & Chief Operating Officer sponsors our goals to help guide the development of our companies’ sustainability efforts.
    Long-Term Focus Areas​ 2016 Goals (vs. 2011 baseline)​
    Our companies’ focus on reducing energy consumption helps drive efficiency and lower the cost to operate our businesses.​

    Cut absolute energy use by 10 percent. 

    Air Emissions
    To address climate change concerns, stakeholders continue to expect companies to reduce their carbon footprint and disclose their progress. We have set an aggressive goal for our companies in this area.​

    Reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.​

    We understand the growing issue of water availability and global quality, and our companies are working to reduce their water footprint.​

    Achieve 50 percent water neutrality through programs within our operations; offset our water use through on-site treatment programs and conservation; and enact conservation efforts in the communities in which we operate.​

    Minimizing waste encourages efficiency and preservation of the natural resources on which our companies rely. Our companies work to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills.​

    Minimize waste generated and send 95 percent of our facility waste for recycling or beneficial reuse.​

    Products & Packaging
    Our operating companies are focused on reducing the amount of raw materials required to manufacture their products. Philip Morris USA also works to reduce cigarette litter by educating adult smokers about the issue and working with others to address the impacts of litter.​

    Reduce the amount of packaging materials in our companies’ products by 5 million pounds over the goal period.​

    In addition, work is underway that will help us better understand the environmental impact beyond the boundaries of our companies’ facilities. Our companies are working to: 
    • better understand the life cycle of our companies’ products, from seed to disposal, so they can make better decisions about how to reduce those impacts;
    • eliminate wasteful processes and consumption of excess materials or resources, both internally and through their suppliers;
    • help growers protect the watersheds impacted by their farms; and
    • build processes to ensure our everyday decisions take into consideration both their cost and environmental impacts.
    Environmental Management Framework 
    Each of our operating companies has adopted environmental policies that provide specific environmental guidance for employees. These policies address air emissions, environmental assessment, hazardous materials, waste and wastewater/stormwater management.
    The environmental management framework helps ensure we comply with environmental regulations, develop more efficient operations and promote continuous improvement. The framework includes:
    Read more about the Environmental Management Framework​ in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Progress Report. 
    Environmental Management

    Our companies have focused on reducing their environmental impacts in the areas of energy, air emissions, water and waste since 2004.
    • Energy Use & Air Emissions
      Our operating companies work to operate their facilities more efficiently while reducing energy consumption and related air emissions. 
    • Water & Biodiversity
      While water is necessary for production, our operating companies work to reduce their water use and develop ways to treat or reuse water. 
    • Waste Reduction & Recycling Program
      Our tobacco companies follow a program of continuous improvement under the principles of “lean manufacturing.” This discipline helps our companies minimize the amount of materials they use and minimize waste generation from the outset.
    • Product & Packaging
      Our companies actively seek ways to reduce the materials needed to meet their packaging needs while maintaining product quality.​ 
    Our programs include multiple evaluation tools to assess our performance.
    Our companies engage with a variety of stakeholders to inform our environmental sustainability strategy.​
    Learn more about feedback and recognition our companies have recently received.​​​