GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - January 23, 2019
Del Monte reports 18% reduction in carbon footprint
Del Monte Foods has reduced its carbon footprint by 185 from FY2016 to FY 2017. The announcement was made with the release of the company’s first sustainability report.
The report noted how Del Monte is working to minimize their carbon footprint, including locating processing plants close to the fields where crops are grown and harvested. The majority of their crops are locally-sourced and travel an average of 100 miles from the field to the manufacturing gate, and an average of 350 miles from distribution center to retailer. Since 2015 Del Monte Foods has eliminated 2.3 million miles from its distribution network, saving the equivalent of about 390,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
The company tracks and manages energy usage and GHG emissions at all their sites. “We mitigate our carbon footprint by investing in equipment upgrades and focusing on continuous improvement. These efficiency improvements have led to reductions in emissions," according to the report, which also noted that at the company’s largest sites in California, which follow the Cap and Trade program and account for the local carbon price, overall emissions have remained relatively stable between 2013 and 2017. “We have also gone beyond the standard emissions requirements and reduced our direct emissions and carbon intensity thanks to our use of solar panels to generate energy onsite.”
"As we work to create a sustainable business that will last for the next century, we have made some important changes in our operations and product offering," said Greg Longstreet, president and CEO, Del Monte Foods, Inc. "We revamped our strategy to focus on transformation and innovation to pave a sustainable path forward from the intersection of the environment and communities in which we operate. This means dedicating ourselves to creating a transparent food chain, caring for Earth’s goodness, nurturing people, and investing in the future of food to ensure a brighter tomorrow for all families."
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