We are committed to reducing our environmental impact, both in our companies' direct operations and in the value chain (from supplier to retailer). We believe that climate change presents very significant global risk, humans are the primary cause and inaction is not an option.

We understand the effect our companies and their products may have on our environment, including climate change, changes to water quality and availability, and cigarette butt litter; as well as the effect changes in nature have on our companies – and the associated risks for our businesses. That's why we set long-term environmental targets and regularly share progress.

Altria's Environmental Goals and Targets

As a result of our 2020 responsibility materiality assessment, we elevated "Protect the Environment" as a focus area. Between now and 2025, Altria and its companies will focus on making progress to:

  • Align our operational and value chain business practices with science-based methodology to limit the damaging impacts of climate change.
  • Conserve the natural resources on which our businesses and communities rely.
  • Reduce the environmental impact of using our companies' products.

This includes our work toward achieving our 2030 long-term targets, our ongoing focus to reduce cigarette butt litter, and our intention to explore impacts and initiatives around biodiversity, deforestation, product packaging, and innovative product pipeline.

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

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    Note: Data reflects market-based Scope 2 emissions to align with renewable energy accounting.

  • Reduce absolute Scope 3 emissions by 18%

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    Note: We update Scope 3 emission data using a hybrid life cycle assessment methodology we expect 2020 data in July.

  • Achieve 100% renewable electricity
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  • Reduce waste sent to landfill by 25%

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    Note: In 2019 and 2020, we had a large increase in waste due to renovation and construction at our Headquarters location. Approximately 80% of waste generated from this project was recycled or beneficially reused.

  • 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

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Altria’s emission reductions targets are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Our operational target 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. Later this year, we will assess our ability to establish a 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions target when the SBTi releases its methodology for companies to set credible targets.

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.

Protect the Environment

Protecting the Environment

In addition to setting long-term environmental targets, we engage policy stakeholders on these issues. Read more about our efforts here.
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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.