By accounting for and reporting its emissions as well as implementing an integral strategy in face of global warming, the Company confirms its commitment to sustainable development and social responsibility.
For the end purpose of converting itself into a leading product manufacturer with low carbon emissions and thus join Mexico’s commitment to reducing, by 50%, green house gas emissions (GEI) by 2050, relative to its emissions emitted in 2000 Vitro has put in place a corporate strategy for climate change that includes reporting its GEI emissions.
The inventory procedure used 2009 as a base year which will allow for future measurement, control and evaluation of specific projects focusing on emissions reduction.
“The sum total of emissions for the companies in Mexico covered in the report for 2009 is 1,691,991 tons of CO2”, confirms Raúl González Sáenz, Quality, Safety and Environmental Manager for Vitro.
Mexico contributes to about 1.6% of world GEI emissions placing it in 13th place among green house gas emitting nations with 3.46 tons per capita of CO2 in 1995.
Gonzalez Saenz assures us that Vitro is committed to our compliance to this national goal which he considers to be the migration to more efficient processes in energy and natural resource use.
“Clear examples of this are our projects for the reduction of our use of energy, water and raw materials as well as the lowering of our generation of residues while at the same time maintaining our traditional quality standards in our products and a safe environment for our employees and the surrounding communities to our manufacturing facilities”.
He adds that Vitro has established a corporate strategy, in face of climate change, that intends to contribute to the mitigation of GEI concentrations in the atmosphere, thus facilitating adaptation by companies and communities in light of increasing global temperatures and its consequences.
“To attain this goal we have set the objective of defining a base year through the preparation of a green house gas emissions inventory for the measurement, control and evaluation of projects directed towards mitigation”, he explains.
The strategy is to develop in-house capabilities in each of the company’s subsidiaries to measure their GEI emissions related to their specific manufacturing function as well as the development and evaluation of reduction programs. In addition Vitro takes part in the Voluntary Program for the Accounting and Reporting of Green House Gas Emissions (Programa GEI Mexico) coordinated by the Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the Commission for Private Sector Studies for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES).
He ends by saying, “this demonstrates that, in spite of the great challenges we all face in this area, at Vitro we are determined to act to become a factor of change and do all within our power to contribute towards the conservation of our planet”.