Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - May 4, 2023
SunOpta Reduces Emissions
SunOpta, a manufacturer of plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages, announced saving 261 tons of carbon emissions annually from load mode optimization and that it launched a new, sustainable production facility in Midlothian, Texas.
The Texas facility will save 15 million freight miles annually from SunOpta’s supply chain — eliminating 59 million pounds of carbon emissions — and save up to 20 million gallons of water annually with water reuse equipment. The plant will also lower energy consumption by 45% with an energy-efficient HVAC system and reduce power usage by 95% with LED lights and energy-efficient water heaters.
SunOpta also announced that six facilities achieved zero waste to landfill with two awaiting verification, and that it saved 37.6 billion gallons of water based on plant-based production volume.
Details were provided in its 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report.
“Sustainability is at the root of everything we do as a producer of plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages,” said Joe Ennen, CEO of SunOpta, in a statement. “Driven by a spirit of continuous improvement, we are committed to doubling our business in the next three years and we aim to achieve this milestone while prioritizing the environmental and social efforts of our operations. This year’s ESG report highlights our commitments and actions as we continue working to advance sustainability and communicate transparently about our progress and challenges.”