Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - May 13, 2019
Tyson aims for 30 by 30
Tyson Foods announced it has become the first U.S.-based protein company to receive approval from the Science Based Target Initiative for its greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% by 2030. The announcement came with the release of Tyson’s 2018 Sustainability Report, demonstrating progress and increased transparency across key sustainability measures, including energy and emissions.
“Our progress is a testament to our unwavering commitment to accelerate sustainable food production,” said Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “As one of the largest food companies in the world, Tyson Foods plays an important role in contributing to a stable and sustainable food system for future generations.”
The report noted that in working towards its “30 by 30” target to reduce GHG emissions, “Currently, we measure and report our GHG emissions from direct sources we control as well as indirect emissions from the energy we buy,” adding that “Our GHG reduction target compels us to evaluate possible emissions reductions at every stage.” Tyson currently uses electricity, fossil fuels and biogas for powering processing equipment and cooking, chilling, and freezing product.
As operator of one of the largest private truck fleets in the U.S., Tyson continually seeks new ways to reduce emissions, lower fuel consumption and decrease GHG emissions while improving miles per gallon. Among the strategies used to reduce truck miles are route optimization; shipping product directly to customer docks; collaborating internally and externally to eliminate empty truck miles; using rail for product shipment instead of trucks when possible; and investing in ultra-light equipment that allows us to add product weight to our shipments and reduce the number of trucks on the road. The report noted, “We continue to evaluate new sustainable energy sources, such as natural gas, electrification, and hydrogen products.”
Alex Floyd, senior manager, senior manager of sustainable food strategy, Tyson Foods, will present a keynote address, "Charting a course for DERrs at Tyson" at SED's upcoming Distributed Energy Forum, June 24-26 in Denver. For more information, click here.