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Energy Star for Hanesbrands
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Mar '10
Hanesbrands Inc announced its worldwide goals to reduce energy use and carbon emissions and the launch of a corporate social responsibility Web site that details the company's social programs and environmental stewardship.

Hanesbrands has goals to increase its usage of renewable energy to 30 percent of all energy used and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent. The company has already exceeded its goal to reduce water usage by 10 percent.

The company's accomplishments in strategic energy management have earned it an Energy Star 2010 Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company will be recognized at an EPA awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

“Hanesbrands has quietly become a leader in energy management and aspires to be an international apparel industry leader in overall environmental responsibility and stewardship,” Hanesbrands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll said. “Working in partnership with Energy Star to manage our energy use is good business. Using sustainable practices and conserving natural resources to help mitigate our environmental footprint and to reduce costs are strategic ways we are creating business value.”

As an Energy Star Partner of the Year, Hanesbrands was selected from among 17,000 organizations that participate in the program.

“Hanesbrands is leading the fight against climate change through greater energy efficiency,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation. “Hanesbrands' robust energy management program is a model for others and affirms that energy efficiency is our most cost-effective climate strategy.”

Hanesbrands has been tracking its carbon footprint since 2007, the first year the company was independent, and has significantly reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The company has set goals for reductions in energy use, carbon emissions and water use by 2012. From a 2007 base line, the company's commitments include:

• Increasing the percentage of total worldwide annual energy use from renewable energy sources to 30 percent. In 2009, 25 percent of the company's energy came from renewable sources, which reduces carbon emissions. By the end of 2009, the monthly rate of renewable energy use was 30 percent.
• Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent per product produced through increased efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. To date, the company has reduced these emissions by 12 percent.
• Reducing water use by 10 percent per product produced. The company has already surpassed this goal, achieving an 18 percent reduction, and is in the process of setting a new goal.

Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing, Products and Packaging
In addition to having a comprehensive corporate global energy program, Hanesbrands is committed to responsible manufacturing, introduction of more eco-friendly products, and a reduction of packaging waste. Hanesbrands is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and pursues certification of new buildings under the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design where feasible.

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