Many companies set long-term goals in the name of sustainability, and one will be coming to fruition by the end of this year. Hormel Foods Corporation is set to match 100 percent of its domestic energy use with renewable sourcing, which is part of the company's 20 By 30 Challenge. This set of 20 aggressive environmental and social responsibility goals to reach by 2030 aims to match its global energy use with renewable sourcing and supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
"We are inspired to do our part to make the world a better place," said Mark Coffey, Group Vice President of Supply Chain for Hormel Foods. "This achievement demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship including rethinking how we source the energy we need."
In 2021, the company celebrated the launch of large-scale renewable energy projects, including:
The company also completed its newest solar energy project at its Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Montevideo, Minnesota. The 1.75-megawatt project, which hosts a community solar array, will provide approximately 10 percent of the plant's energy needs, according to a press release.
"The United States Environmental Protection Agency applauds Hormel Foods for its leadership position in the green power marketplace," said James Critchfield, Program Manager of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "Hormel Foods is an excellent example for other organizations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green power investment and use."
The company's 20 By 30 Challenge follows its previous set of sustainability goals as it achieved significant reductions in its packaging, nonrenewable energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and solid waste sent to landfills.
Cheers to Hormel on this monumental progress!