Sustainability

 

Carbon Zero

In July 2020, Southwire announced a goal to achieve 100% carbon neutral energy for our operations by 2025 (2018 baseline). This objective—coined Carbon Zero—will address our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Southwire will achieve this goal through eco-efficiency projects to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of green energy—including owned or leased renewable energy sources, purchased green power and renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
Under Carbon Zero, Southwire will continue to engage, build partnerships and collaborate with suppliers, customers and others to reduce our carbon footprint. Additional actions may include some or all the following:
 
  • Reduction of on-site energy use through efficiency and modernization efforts
  • Installation of on-site renewable energy sources such as solar
  • The use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for on-site renewable applications
  • The use of virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for off-site renewable applications
  • The purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs)
  • The purchase of renewable power from utility providers
  • The purchase of carbon offsets 
  • Supporting the transition of our electricity and gas providers to low carbon energy sources
Southwire has not publicly announced a Scope 3 goal under our Carbon Zero initiative. However, we have set internal targets to reduce Scope 3 emissions, and we are actively engaged and building partnerships with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to reduce our carbon footprint.

In 2021, we completed the installation of a solar generation system at our corporate headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia. The system includes two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, two solar picnic tables and a solar canopy located over our expectant mother and handicap accessible parking areas. In addition, we also installed new EV charging stations at our Southwire Family Medical Center in Carrollton and our plant in Heflin, Alabama. Completion of projects in 2021 brings our company-wide total to three solar installations and six EV charging locations.

Renewable Energy Purchasing Programs

In 2021, Southwire signed a ten-year contract with Georgia Power to participate in their Customer Renewable Supply Procurement (CRSP) program. As part of our layered approach to achieving Carbon Zero, participation in the CRSP program is anticipated to offset approximately 6% of our carbon footprint.
 

Sustainability News

Southwire’s Project GIFT® Provides Disaster Relief Following Tornadoes in the Southeast

March 29, 2023

Over the weekend, severe weather claimed the lives of at least 26 people and left widespread destruction across many residences and businesses in the southeast.

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Southwire Named as Title Sponsor for First Formula E Race in Portland

March 29, 2023

Southwire is pleased to announce that it will be the Title Sponsor of the 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on Saturday, June 24.  

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Southwire Partners with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Leading Green Power Usage

March 24, 2023

Supporting the company's ambition to be a leader in sustainability, Southwire has been accepted into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP).

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Southwire’s Heflin Plant Receives VPP Recertification

March 22, 2023

Southwire’s plant located in Heflin, Ala., has received a five-year Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recertification.

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12 for Life® Partners with Independent Electrical Contractors to Offer Electrician Certification to Students

March 15, 2023

Southwire’s 12 for Life® is pleased to partner with the Independent Electrical Contractor’s (IEC) Atlanta and Georgia Chapters to provide a Skills-Based Electrical Installer Program to its students.

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Southwire’s Project GIFT to Host Walk for Water in Carrollton

March 16, 2023

Nearly 2.2 billion people in the world lack access to safe water. On Saturday, April 15, Southwire’s Project GIFT is partnering with Water Mission for its second-annual Walk for Water - raising awareness and funds to help address this global issue.

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