Mead Johnson Now Using Landfill Gas to Power Facility
Mead Johnson & Company is using landfill gas to meet a significant portion of its energy needs at the company's manufacturing facility in Evansville, Ind. The project, which is the first of its kind for the company and the city, uses a "green" technology that has been proven safe and reliable.
The project has an estimated capacity to reduce net carbon dioxide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 24,000 metric tons per year.
"Mead Johnson is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability around the world," said Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Jeff Jobe. "We're pleased to be converting from natural gas, a fossil fuel, to landfill gas, a renewable energy source, for a majority of our energy usage at our Evansville facility."
The company has been working over the past year with two companies to make the project possible. Republic Services, Inc., which provides the gas that occurs as a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic materials at its Laubscher Meadows Landfill, and Ameresco, which designed and built the five-mile dedicated pipeline and is responsible for operating and maintaining it.
"The city of Evansville is dedicated to supporting projects and initiatives that improve the environmental, social, and economic health of our community; and this is a great example of how we can partner with businesses to be stewards of the environment and achieve positive results," said Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel. "With this project, Mead Johnson is once again demonstrating its commitment to improving the quality of life in our community."
The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes more than 70 products in 50 markets worldwide. The company's mission is to create nutritional brands and products trusted to give infants and children the best start in life.