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Our Approach to Climate Action

Colbeck’s Corner wind farm in Carson County, Texas, provides the equivalent of more than 60% of Johnson & Johnson’s electricity use in the U.S.

s a healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson understands that climate health affects human health. In fact, we’re seeing climate change impact health in new ways by changing infectious disease patterns and increasing the risk of drought and food insecurity. We have taken sustained, long-term action to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we are encouraging our suppliers to do the same. We also work with like-minded partners to advance environmental health equity, and we support responsible climate and energy policy around the world.

The latest climate science indicates rising global temperatures must be limited to 1.5°C to avoid the most significant impacts of climate change to human and planetary health. To do our part to help maintain a healthy climate, we’ve set our most ambitious climate goals to date, building on our past achievements while accelerating future actions.

  • By 2025, source 100% of our electricity needs from renewable sources.
  • By 2030, achieve carbon neutrality for our operations, going beyond our Science-Based Target to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 60% from 2016 levels.
  • By 2030, reduce absolute upstream value chain (Scope 3) emissions 20% from 2016 levels. Reaching this goal will deliver nearly 2.5 times the carbon footprint reduction compared to that of our own operations.

Our operational emissions goal has been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being consistent with the reductions required to keep global warming to 1.5°C, and our value chain (Scope 3) goal meets the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals.

We are also proud signatories of the Race to Zero/ Business Ambition for 1.5 campaign and have an ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions across our value chain by 2045.

How We Will Reach Our Goals

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Our Operations

Advancing Renewable Electricity
We are wasting no time making progress towards our renewable electricity goal, because we know there is no time to waste. Today, over half of our global electricity use comes from renewable sources. We have built more than 50 on-site renewable energy systems on properties in 14 countries and have executed 15 deals for off-site renewable electricity procurement. In 2021, we finalized multiple deals that will allow us to source the equivalent of 100% of our electricity in the U.S., Canada and Europe from renewable electricity by 2023.

Our Renewable Electricity Footprint

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Delivering Energy Efficiency
Through our CO2 Capital Relief Program we allocate up to $40 million per year for energy efficiency programs at our most energy-intensive manufacturing and R&D sites. Each project must show the potential for both emissions reductions and a financial return of at least 15%. Since we started the program in 2005, we’ve completed approximately 250 projects that have helped us avoid around 300,000 metric tons of GHG per year.

Tapping Into New Energy Sources
For decades we have been focused on driving energy efficiency across our operations, but reaching our climate goals will require us to go beyond efficiency projects and renewable electricity. For example, we continue to expand our use of geothermal energy to provide substantial reductions in GHG emissions. At our Janssen campus in Beerse, Belgium multiple wells, each approximately 1.6 miles deep, provide renewably-sourced hot water that will significantly reduce the site’s emissions. At our Ethicon campus in Cincinnati, Ohio (U.S.), we installed a closed-loop, geothermal system with the capacity to provide heating and cooling to the entire 45-acre campus while substantially reducing emissions.

Our Value Chain

Engaging Our Suppliers
We know that a collective approach is essential to tackle today’s greatest environmental challenges, and we have been collaborating for years with our suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements across our value chain. Looking to the future, we have committed to expanding the Johnson & Johnson Supplier Sustainability Program to include all suppliers by 2025. This means there will be even more opportunities for engagement and collaboration on our joint environmental and social priorities.

Collaborating for Greater Impact
In 2021, we joined with 9 other leaders in the pharmaceutical industry to launch Energize, a first-of-its-kind initiative to help decarbonize the global pharmaceutical supply chain. The program aims to educate key industry suppliers on renewable procurement opportunities and help them in their transition to renewable energy.

Support for Climate-Friendly Policies

For many years, we’ve participated in coalitions that publicly support actions to promote a low carbon economy and mitigate climate change at scale. For example, we work with other companies and organizations through the Clean Energy Buyers Alliance and the Climate Leadership Council to share best practices and encourage the advancement of renewable energy and market-based climate policies. Additionally, we have supported the Paris Climate Agreement through various platforms such as the ‘We Are Still In/America Is All In' campaign, and we were proud to join other companies and investors in signing an open letter to President Biden calling for an ambitious U.S. emissions reduction target. You can read more in our climate policy position.

Click here to read about our work with partners to support solutions for climate change and human health.

Our Commitment to Energy Leadership

Highlights from Johnson & Johnson's 30 years of energy innovation and leadership.

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Established formal energy management program

2000

Established first enterprise-wide public commitment to reduce CO2 emissions based on Kyoto Protocol

2005

Developed internal CO2 capital relief program, which has resulted in 231 projects and 288,000 metric tons of CO2 saved per year over the past 15 years

2010

Announced goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 and increase on-site clean energy capacity to 50MW by 2015. Currently over 50 solar arrays and 4 wind turbines built, totaling 56MWs on our properties globally

2015

Supported the UNFCCC Paris Climate agreement and committed to using 100% renewable electricity in our operations by joining RE100. Since then increased our renewable electricity consumption to near 50%

2020

Launched 4th generation science-based climate commitments, accelerating our 100% renewable electricity commitment to 2025, committing to carbon neutrality in our operations and a 20% value chain emissions reduction by 2030

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We believe continual improvement of our ESG management practices helps drive long-term value creation and strengthens our ability to respond to the needs and expectations of all stakeholders.

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