The Sherwin-Williams Company: Energy performance

GHG Emissions
Energy Performance
Cumulative (Vs. Baseline) (Current Goal)-1.7%
Annual (2021)-6.5%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (Vs. Baseline) (Previous Goal)27.7%

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. In 2015, Sherwin-Williams achieved their first target of reducing their energy intensity 25% from a 2009 baseline. By that year they had reduced their energy intensity by a total of 27.7%. Sherwin-Williams has committed to a second goal of reducing its energy intensity by 10% from a 2019 baseline. Their portfolio consists of 59 facilities.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. More than half of Sherwin-Williams plants showed improved energy intensity in 2021.Those that did not have been targeted for additional energy efficiency efforts. 


Sherwin-Williams produces different products and as a result uses different metrics to calculate plant-level energy intensity. Depending on the plant, Sherwin-Williams will calculate energy intensity in terms of source energy consumed (in MMBtus) divided by production in lbs or number of cans of liquid, powder, aerosol products produced. The percent change in energy intensity are tracked for each facility on both a monthly and annual basis. Sherwin-Williams normalizes its plant-level numbers to account for changes in production volume and heating and cooling degree days for its top four energy consuming facilities. For the rest of the facilities, classic energy intensity was calculated. These metrics are rolled up to the corporate level, with a corporate-wide percent improvement in energy intensity calculated by taking a weighted average of the percent change in energy intensity at the individual facilities.

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