Fruit of the Loom Earns Renewable Energy Award

Fruit of the Loom receives the Offsite Renewable Energy award for its initiatives in Honduras. 

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Fruit of the Loom receives the Offsite Renewable Energy award for its initiatives in Honduras. The company accepted the award at the 2018 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas.

The organization earns the distinction for its development of the Merendon power plant, a Honduran power generation company. Merendon operates as part of the corporation’s facilities in the region. Designed as a solution for renewable energy sources, the company says it has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 51,500 metric tons per year by integrating the plant into its operation.

“The Biomass plant has been an exciting opportunity for us to actively pursue bioenergy and reduce our carbon footprint,” says Adam Wade, senior director of environmental, health, and safety for Fruit of the Loom. “Smart Energy Decisions is a community of partners who work together to share and promote sustainability best practices, and it is an honor to be recognized for our innovative approach and effort in the energy transformation.”

The company uses King Grass and wood waste as primary fuel sources for its power generation facility. Through the use of this fuel, Fruit of the Loom is equipped to use the power generated within its facilities and sell the excess to the Honduran government’s energy grid.

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 Wade accepting the Offsite Renewable Energy award from John Failla, founder and editorial director of Smart Energy Decisions. (Image courtesy Fruit of the Loom)

In addition to sustainable initiatives, Fruit of the Loom heads up other social responsibility programs through Merendon for the local community. In early 2017, the plant undertook initiatives such as restoration of a local school and planting more than 500 trees in the area.

The Smart Energy Decision awards recognize companies who implement “innovative technologies and progressive practices” among their customers and suppliers that reflect new approaches to energy procurement and management. Judges select winners based on program objectives, execution, innovation, and project results.

The award marks Fruit of the Loom’s ongoing efforts towards socially responsible initiatives in the country. In 2017, Hondureña de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (FUNDAHRSE) presented the company with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seal for its work in the region.

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