Our companies play an active role in protecting our natural resources and reducing our environmental impact.

We understand the affect our companies and their products may have on our environment, including changes to water quality and availability and climate change, as well as the effect these changes in nature have on our companies. That’s why we set long term environmental goals and regularly share progress.

Altria's Environmental Goals

In 2016, Altria established new long-term goals to reduce our environmental impact by the end of 2025. In 2018, we added a Scope 3 goal for 2030 and formally committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to help keep a rise in global temperature to well below 2ºC. Our progress prior to 2016 can be found here.

Reduce absolute Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 20%

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Some of our operating companies established additional goals. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is focusing on biodiversity by increasing the number of vineyards and wineries certified by a third party. Ste. Michelle is also focusing on increasing the percent of recycled materials used in its wine bottles. More detailed environmental data can be found here.

Environmental Management Framework

Our Environmental Management Framework helps set direction, guide decision making and promote continuous improvement. The framework includes management structure, policies, programs and measurement.

 

Environmental Management Framework

 

Here are some of our programs that support our environmental framework and goals:

Working with Farmers to Reduce Environmental Impact

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in our Facilities

Preventing Cigarette Litter

Protecting Watersheds and Reducing Water Use

Sustainable Tobacco Curing

Reducing Landfill Waste

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Responsible Water Consumption

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates vineyards use drip irrigation and soil moisture-measuring probes to monitor water use and eliminate wasted water in the vineyards.
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Landfill Waste Reduction

John Middleton implemented a waste-to-energy partnership in 2013 that reduced landfill waste while supporting renewable energy in the region.
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Sustainable Agriculture Practices

Our meetings with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have helped develop more sustainable agriculture practices in tobacco growing regions.
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Environmental Contributions

Working with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, we support programs to plant trees and improve regional water quality.
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CDP Grading

Altria responds annually to CDP’s questionnaires on climate change and water. Our 2018 scores are reported below, with links to our full responses.

 

Climate Change: A-

Water: A