Cargill reduces GHG emissions at its U.S. facilities 11% in 2010, exceeding the Chicago Climate Exchange's 6% annual target, as the company improves energy efficiency, expands renewable energy use
November 2, 2011
– Ongoing efforts by Cargill to improve energy efficiency and expand its use of renewable energy sources enabled the company to exceed the Chicago Climate Exchange's® (CCX) required 6 percent annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target.
CCX established annual compliance milestones for absolute GHG reductions from baseline at its large emitting facilities. For calendar year 2010 − the final year of CCX's operation − Cargill reduced its GHG emissions at its U.S. facilities by 11 percent. Cargill made a voluntary but legally binding commitment to reduce absolute GHG emissions from its large emitting U.S. locations by joining CCX.
Cargill credits this progress to a number of the GHG-reducing systems and processes it has implemented in recent years, including:
At every one of Cargill's U.S. beef and pork processing plants, renewable energy systems are in place to capture methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere. That methane is then used as fuel and displaces 20-25 percent of natural gas demand at each location, further reducing GHG emissions;
For two consecutive years, four of the company's U.S. corn milling plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through energy efficiency; and
Cargill is implementing behavior-based energy savings programs, a system which engages employees in recognizing and eliminating energy inefficiencies.
"We are pleased that we exceeded CCX's annual greenhouse gas reduction requirements every year, and were proud to participate in this pioneering effort to develop understanding of carbon markets in the United States," said Cargill's Environment, Health and Safety Corporate Vice President, LaRaye Osborne. "The rigor of the CCX rules and verification processes helped us refine our GHG management systems and improve performance against our five-year energy, GHG and fresh water goals."
In addition to its CCX progress, Cargill in September announced that it had made strong progress toward its 2015 environmental sustainability goals. By 2015, Cargill aims to improve energy efficiency by 5 percent; improve GHG intensity by 5 percent; increase renewable energy to 12.5 percent of its energy portfolio; and improve freshwater efficiency by 5 percent.
In fiscal 2011, Cargill harvested years of investment in developing the people, processes and technology to address these priorities:
Energy efficiency improved 3.7 percent over its 2010 baseline;
GHG intensity improved 3.8 percent over its 2010 baseline;
Renewables accounted for 11 percent of the company's energy portfolio; and
Freshwater efficiency improved 3.1 percent over its 2010 baseline.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 138,000 people in 63 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.