NEW YORK, NY, & HAMILTON, Bermuda — [Editor's note: Updates with clarified percentages for KPMG goals.]

Bacardi Ltd., the world's largest privately held spirits company, cut greenhouse gas emissions 9.2 percent in the last fiscal year by increasing efficiencies and the use of renewable energy, while KPMG LLP shrank its carbon footprint in the U.S. by 7 percent by reducing air travel, use of electricity and waste.

The two firms detailed their progress toward environmental goals in reports released Thursday.

Bacardi makes the rum that bears the same name, Grey Goose vodka, Dewar's Scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini vermouth, Cazadores tequila and 200 other brands and labels.

With 27 plants in 17 countries, Bacardi says all its production facilities are now certified to the global standards ISO 9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 for quality, environment, and health and safety. It is currently the only major spirits company to have done so.

Its corporate responsibility report (pdf) says that in fiscal year 2009, Bacardi:

  • Decreased total water use by 4 percent, bringing it to 2.6 million cubic meters. Total water use in the past three years decreased 19.3 percent. Water efficiency -- the amount of water used per unit of output -- rose 2.8 percent since 2008, making improvement in the past three years 9.5 percent and placing the company on track for its five-year target of 15 percent improvement by 2011.
  • Decreased total energy use 6.1 percent, bringing it to 2,225,000 giga-joules. Overall energy use has dropped 9.2 percent in the past three years. Energy efficiency improved 7.2 percent in 2009, bring the improvement over the past three years to 11.2 percent. The company's five-year target is 12 percent improvement by 2011.
  • Met its goal of obtaining more than 12 percent of the direct energy it needed from renewable sources. The achievement represents a 20 percent improvement over the last three years and enabled the company to hit its five-year target for improvement in this area two years early.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.2 percent, making its reduction in the past years 14.5 percent. Total CO2 equivalent emissions were 121,598 tonnes in 2009, compared with 142,212 in 2006. GHG emissions per unit of production improved 11.1 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, with improvement over the past three years coming to 17.5 percent.
  • Became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which commits the company to aligning with the compact's principles on human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption.
  • Was elected to the Management Committee of the Better Sugarcane Initiative, which works toward more responsible sourcing of sugarcane.

Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP is the U.S. member company of the KPMG International Cooperative. KPMG LLP, which has 90 offices in the United States, began analyzing its carbon footprint in 2007 and committed to developing and implementing sustainable business practices through its program called Living Green in 2008.