As global environmental issues become increasingly severe, we have clearly acknowledged our responsibility for environmental protection. We place a high priority on managing our carbon footprint, proactively controlling our carbon emissions, gradually optimizing our resources and improving our management of pollutions and emissions. We also continue to implement different innovative and environmentally-friendly projects, providing plant- based products to our customers, while working hard to minimize the negative impacts of our value chain on the environment.
Performance highlights 2019
Our major business locationsemploy the ISO14001 Environment Management System Certification
In 2019 , the discard intensity of non - hazardouswastewas
reduced by 18.3%compared with that of 2018
increased by 3.5%compared with that of 201
reduced approximately 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissionscompared with fossil energy in 2019
57%compared to 2010 baseline, down by
30 new acresof monarch butterfly habitat was reconstructed through our donation in the United States
Carbon Footprint Mitigation
We are aware of the importance of mitigating our carbon footprint at the whole value chain and work earnestly to minimize it. Through upgrading the technological application, optimizing our energy management and structure, as well as streamlining our logistics transportation, we were able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and take a step forward toward low-carbon development. Our subsidiary Smithfield has set a GHG emission reduction target, which aims to reduce 25% of the absolute GHG emissions by 2025.
Since energy-efficient management is a major solution to reducing our carbon footprint, we have been searching for alternative ways to reduce our energy consumption and improve our energy efficiency. In China, we actively implement internal management systems such as Energy Technology Standards , Energy Management Standards and Energy Assessment Programs , strengthen target management, formulate annual energy consumption targets, and actively adopt policy promotion, assessment guidance, process control to enhance energy management. We formulated energy consumption targets for our operations in the United States and Europe, which aim to achieve a 5% reduction in energy consumption by 2020 globally at our farms and facilities compared to 2014, through equipment upgrades, management improvement and energy structure optimization.
The energy consumption data of last several years is showed as follows:
|Direct energy consumption||5,432||5,851||5,878||Million kWh|
|Direct energy consumption intensity||606||579||617||kWh/metric ton of products produced|
|Indirect energy consumption||3,587||3,808||3,686||Million kWh|
|Indirect energy consumption intensity||400||377||387||kWh/metric ton of products produced|
|Total energy consumption||9,019||9,659||9,564||Million kWh|
|Total energy consumption intensity||1,006||956||1,004||kWh/metric ton of products produced|
|GHG emissions||2,440,202||2,632,607||2,616,317||Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent|
|GHG emissions||0.27||0.26||0.27||Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent/metric tons of products produced|
Our joint venture with Dominion Energy, Align Renewable Natural Gas (Align RNG), will expand our reach to pursue new biogas projects across the country. When fully implemented, the expanded partnership will prevent more than 2.5 million metric tons of GHG emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of planting more than 40 million new trees.
We are also making tremendous strides with our joint venture with Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE), Monarch Bioenergy. In 2019, we increased the amount of RNG produced in Missouri from our farms. With our additional $45 million investment in early 2020, we aim to produce biogas at 100% of our company-owned finishing farms in Missouri, an initiative that will remove the equivalent of 130,000 gasoline vehicles off the road.
Water Resource Management
We step up our efforts in assessing and migrating water risks by monitoring the use of water, and continuously reduce water consumption and improve water- use efficiency by adopting innovative and effective measures according to local situations.
In China, under the guidance of water conservation principles, we strengthened target management including formulated annual water consumption targets, and actively strengthened water resource management through policy advocacy, assessment guidance and process control. In 2019, we surpassed water consumption targets per unit in the high- temperature meat products and low-temperature meat products industries. Our operations in the United States and Europe gave a high priority to water conservation. We have established a water policy to provide guidance about our management of water resources and how we monitor all water- consuming equipment. Meanwhile, we are working to reduce our water use by 10% by 2020 compared to a 2014 baseline.
The water resource consumption data of last several years is as follows:
|Total volume of freshwater||66.54||73.06||70.87||Million cubic meters|
|Water consumption intensity||7.42||7.23||7.44||Cubic meters/metric tons of products produced|