GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - September 12, 2018
JM Smucker nears goal of 10% GHG reduction
The J.M. Smucker Company announced a 9.9% decline in absolute GHG emissions in 2017 from a 2014 baseline, while GHG emissions intensity was reduced by 7%.
"The tangible results shared in our 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report demonstrate that 'doing the right things and doing things right' is not only good for our business but also for the people and natural resources we interact with each day," said Julia Sabin, vice president of government relations and corporate sustainability for The J. M. Smucker Company, in a statement. "With the continued support of our 7,000 employees, there is no limit to what we can accomplish."
The report noted that during 2017 the company launched a project to identify areas where they can minimize energy use through active energy management, explaining that “through this data-driven process, we want to better understand, on a plant-by-plant basis, why certain days are more efficient than others, and to define what optimal daily efficiency should be. To date, the company has engaged 11 plants in the process, which combined account for more than 80 percent of their GHG emissions. An example of success is a manufacturing facility in Lawrence, Kansas, which has already achieved a nearly 9% decrease in GHG emissions since 2016.
On- and off-site renewable energy opportunities continue to be evaluated by the company. The company has already invest in solar arrays at their natural foods campuses in Chico, Calif. And Havre de Grace, Md. The company announced in August that it signed a long-term PPA for 60MW of Wind energy, which would cover approx. 50% of the company’s total electricity use starting in 2020.