We understand that sustainability is not an end, but a work in progress. Since setting the 20% GHG reduction target in 2017, Walker Emulsions has worked to identify areas of energy reduction and best practices for temperature management. As product temperature control is a large portion of our energy consumption Walker Emulsions has undergone a project to identify optimal operating temperatures during seasonal changes. We have improved our data collection and first the first time was able to report In Accordance with GRI. We look forward to transitioning our reporting to the new GRI Standards.
Walker Emulsions continues to invest in research and development to add to our bio-based line of products. We continue to utilize the Walker Industries Social-Economic-Environmental (SEE) Model in conjunction with other internal program to understand how sustainability is integrate throughout our operations, as well as to identify, manage, and mitigate risk. We are working to finalize our Climate Action Plan, which seeks to meet our climate objectives of mitigation, adaptation and resilience by integrating climate action into business planning. We continue to encourage our employees to be involved within our communities, by providing them 2 volunteer days. 2018 was the 15th Anniversary of our EARTH 1st Philosophy and in celebration of that, we created a contest that encouraged employees to complete various environmental activities, to show them how small actions can have a large impact. We were able to report energy saving, waste reduction, water conservation data and more back to our employees.