Our companies play an active role in protecting our natural resources and reducing our environmental impact.

We understand the affect our companies and their products may have on our environment, including changes to water quality and availability and climate change, as well as the effect these changes in nature have on our companies. That’s why we set long term environmental goals and regularly share progress.

Altria's Environmental Goals

In 2016, Altria established new long-term goals to reduce our environmental impact by the end of 2025. In 2018, we added a Scope 3 goal for 2030 and formally committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to help keep a rise in global temperature to well below 2ºC. Our progress prior to 2016 can be found here.

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions by 20%

    scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions progress chart
  • Reduce absolute Scope 3 emissions by 15%
    scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions progress chart
  • Cut absolute energy use by 18%
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  • Reduce waste sent to landfill by 25%
    waste to landfill chart
  • Achieve 50% water neutrality

    water neutrality progress graph

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.


Environmental Management Framework


Some of our operating companies established additional goals. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is focusing on biodiversity by increasing the number of vineyards and wineries certified by a third party. Ste. Michelle is also focusing on increasing the percent of recycled materials used in its wine bottles. More detailed environmental data can be found here.

Here are some of our programs that support our environmental framework and goals:

Working with Farmers

Each year our companies buy millions of pounds of tobacco and grapes from farmers.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We need to innovate to meet our Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions' goals.

Preventing Cigarette Litter

PM USA reminds adult smokers on cigarette packs and its consumer websites that cigarette butts are litter and should be disposed properly. 

Protecting Watersheds & Reducing Water Use

Runoff from farmland into streams or rivers can hurt water quality.

Sustainable Tobacco Curing

Curing tobacco increases the leaf’s natural flavor and reduces its moisture, allowing it to be stored longer.

Reducing Landfill Waste

Altria's companies implement waste management programs at our offices and production facilities to manage waste.

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Environmental Contributions

Working with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, we support programs to plant trees and improve regional water quality.
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CDP Grading

Altria responds annually to CDP’s questionnaires on climate change and water. In 2019, we were recognized for our sustainable management of water resources.

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