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

We understand the effect 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. Given the significant progress made against these goals, as shown here, and science telling us more needs to be done and sooner, in 2020 we reset to more aggressive goals for 2030. Altria has had its emission reductions targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The target covering greenhouse gas emissions from our operations (scopes 1 and 2) is consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, what the latest climate science has told us is needed to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change. Our target for the emissions from our value chain (scope 3) meets the SBTi's criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning they are in line with current best practice.

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions by 55%

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  • Reduce absolute Scope 3 emissions by 18%
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  • Achieve 100% renewable electricity
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  • Reduce waste sent to landfill by 25%
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  • Achieve 100% water neutrality each year

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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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Partnership for Innovative Water Reuse

The WaterHub® is one great initiative when it comes to sustainability.

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Environmental Contributions

Working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, James River Association, and Cumberland River Compact, we support programs to plant trees, conserve water, and improve regional water quality.
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CDP Grading

Altria responds annually to CDP's questionnaires on climate changewater security and forests. In 2020, we received a double 'A' rating for tackling climate change and protecting water security.