There are many ways to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and Smithfield Foods is doing its part. The company recently received the World Sustainability Awards' (WSA) "Profit with a Purpose" award for its innovative renewable natural gas (RNG) programs. These advanced operations include converting methane from hog manure into clean energy for consumers while providing new revenue opportunities to family farmers.
"We're honored to receive this prestigious global recognition and are immensely proud of our efforts to meet the world's growing demand for food in a sustainable way," said Stewart Leeth, Chief Sustainability Officer. "As a leader in the food and agriculture industries, Smithfield has worked to ingrain sustainability across its value chain over the last two decades. Through our RNG and agronomics programs, we are responsibly utilizing our resources, expertise, and market access to amplify proven technologies that benefit the environment and simultaneously foster growth for us and our partners, suppliers, and communities."
Smithfield went through a rigorous three-stage judging process and was announced the winner during a virtual awards ceremony October 13. The supplier also received a "Highly Commendable" honorable mention in the WSA's 'External Partnership' category for its collaboration with a leading environmental organization to assist farmers in its supply chain.
According to a press release, Smithfield's RNG projects are notably reducing carbon emissions across America, removing 25 times more GHG emissions from the atmosphere than are released during the resulting RNG's end use to power communities and fuel transportation vehicles. The technology can also turn one of a family hog farmers' biggest costs, manure management, into a new revenue source.
In 2016, Smithfield adopted a far-reaching GHG emissions reduction goal across its value chain, aiming to remove 25 percent by 2025. The company has since pledged to become carbon negative in its U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across its U.S. value chain by 2030.
Smithfield's biogas joint ventures with Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) and Dominion Energy (Align RNG) are projected to collectively produce a combined 5.3 mil dekatherms of RNG, the equivalent of removing 630,000 vehicles from the world's roads.
More information about Smithfield's holistic sustainability program and carbon reduction efforts is available in the company's 2020 Sustainability Impact Report and on its website.
Congratulations to Smithfield on this sustainability win!