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Johnstons of Elgin Sustainable Initiatives - Carbon Neutrality

SUSTAINABILITY
OUR PATHWAY TO CARBON NEUTRALITY

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From 2016 to 2020, we successfully reduced our
scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint by 53%. We achieved this by reducing our natural gas consumption and moving all of our electricity purchases to renewable sources. We are working on our pathway to carbon neutrality. Carbon emissions have broad-ranging effects on the environment and the health of individuals and organisms, and the textile industry is estimated to account for 10% of global carbon emissions. As Scotland's only vertical mill, we have a unique opportunity to address the use of carbon in every stage of our process, and we are continually working on ways to reduce our emissions.

Johnstons of Elgin Sustainable Initiatives

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY

We are fortunate to operate our mills in Scotland, where there is an increasingly abundant supply of electricity produced by wind and solar power. All of the electricity used at our manufacturing sites is purchased from renewable sources.

NATURAL GAS

Between 2016 and 2020, we were able to reduce our use of natural gas by 24%. This was partially driven by adopting new technology in our dyehouse, boilers and fabric drying areas to enable less energy to be used. We are looking to make further reductions in our use of natural gas as technology develops.

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ETHICAL CHOICES

We prioritise energy-efficient equipment when making new purchases and invest in energy-saving technologies where we can. For example, we use highly efficient heat exchangers in our dye vats to reduce energy use.

LESS MOVEMENT Our ability to dye, card, spin, weave or knit and finish our products on-site reduce our products' movement. When we do need to move products, we minimise airfreight, preferring transportation by land and sea.

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