Pillars of Sustainability

CO2 Emissions

Our emissions index shows the quantity of CO2 emitted per ton of feedstock crushed or processed, for each region we operate in.

Compared to 2019, our assets processed 2% less feedstock, which increased pressure on our efforts to reach the emission reduction target per metric ton of production. Despite this challenge, however, we exceeded this target and improved our year-on-year performance, achieving significant reductions through efficiency savings at our sites.

For example, our juice farms in Brazil ran a project to reduce fuel consumption in all of the country’s 38 farms. The project delivered several technical and process improvements: a dual plant system halved the fuel consumption required for pruning; a telemetry system increased efficiency by reducing the idle time of machine engines; the vehicle routes in the corridors of the farms were optimized, increasing efficiency on a daily basis. 

All these actions caused a 5% year-on-year reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the entire operation, which amounts to approximately 800t CO2/ha. In addition to this welcome reduction in emissions, there was an associated cost saving due to the lower fuel consumption over the period.

Various improvements and process changes in our other operations around the world have contributed to an overall reduction of emissions, despite the fall in the amount of feedstock we processed.

*It is measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide per metric ton of feedstock (kg CO2/MT).

  • At our cotton seeds processing plant in Paraguaçú Paulista, Brazil, we increased the efficiency of thermal conduction in the boiler evaporator, increasing the overall boiler efficiency by 2.4% and reducing fuel consumption by almost 4%.
  • At our edible oil refinery in Kandla, India, we installed a steam control valve to reduce steam consumption during low requirement periods, which resulting in approximately four tons of steam savings per day.
  • At our processing facility in Zhangjiagang, China, we implemented a plan to reduce steam consumption using the Kaizen method, which focuses on small changes to bring about continuous improvement. Actions included lowering the oil dryer inlet oil temperature; lowering the boiler outlet temperature; rerouting excess steam and lowering the lecithin evaporator outlet temperature.

Down

8%

2020: 35.68

2019: 38.77

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