Our actions are focused on achieving a SBTi-approved target by 2030.
Tyson Foods is committed to bold reduction of our carbon footprint. We are working toward a “30 by 30” target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2030 against a 2016 baseline year. This target is designed to meet the criteria of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which accepted our target in 2018, making us the first U.S. protein company in the food and beverage sector to receive such an approval. We have measured and reported our GHG emissions from direct sources we control, as well as indirect emissions from the energy we buy, since 2007.
We are working toward this goal by establishing a roadmap to reduce emissions, including how we begin switching to renewable energy sources. Business growth, including acquisitions, is a challenge to realizing progress. In 2020, we will begin the process of reforecasting our entire footprint to account for Tyson Foods’ expansion in recent years, as well as resetting energy and emissions reduction targets. This process will include conducting energy reviews at our plants to identify opportunities to optimize equipment, and evaluations of energy management systems to help us more efficiently operate equipment.
Tyson Foods is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. This national initiative helps manufacturers become more efficient by supporting them in setting ambitious energy savings goals, developing energy management plans and tracking and reporting their annual progress.
Energy Use & Intensity1
GHG Emissions & Intensity1
Types of Energy Used1
1This footprint includes data from our U.S.-based operations, The Pork Group and hog buying stations. U.S.-based Cobb-Vantress and Keystone Foods are not included in this footprint. American Proteins, Inc. and Tecumseh Poultry are only included in FY2019.
2Our Scope 2 emissions have declined as emission factors have decreased as local energy providers have increased their use of renewable sources such as solar and wind.
3The increase in our Scope 1 emissions can be attributed to the acquisition of new facilities.
in the Tyson
Foods Value Chain
Our GHG reduction target compels us to evaluate possible emissions reductions at every stage.
Tyson Foods is a partner in the EPA SmartWay® program, and we are always looking for ways to reduce miles driven.
Grain for Livestock
Two pilots focused on grain production practices that improve farmer’s economic and environmental bottom line.
We strive to use renewable fuels like biogas from our wastewater treatment operations.
We work to reduce consumption of electricity and fossil fuels to power processing equipment and cook, chill and freeze product.
Bright Ideas for Poultry Farming
Farmers are always looking for ways to optimize their operations. In partnership with Auburn University’s National Poultry Technology Center, Tyson Foods is helping explore an innovative way for them to improve sustainable outcomes and profit by building the world’s largest standalone solar-powered poultry house. The poultry house, built on the farm of Tim and Selena Butts in Cullman County, Alabama, has capacity to house 36,000 broiler chickens. It is one of two identical houses, which will allow for a controlled experiment comparing energy use of the solar-powered house alongside that of the control house, which will use grid electricity, over a 12-month period. The solar house’s power will come from a solar photovoltaic panel, a battery set and a generator. After a year, we expect this work to help identify ways that solar housing could improve farmer profitability and increase efficiency in the poultry industry.
At eight of our production locations, we have covered wastewater treatment lagoons that allow us to capture biogas. Biogas is generated by bacteria that consume nutrients in wastewater, which produce methane and carbon dioxide gases. We clean the biogas by removing some of the sulfur and water, and then use the biogas in plant boilers at four of the eight plants, allowing us to reduce natural gas use. This practice takes advantage of a renewable fuel source, helps reduce GHG emissions and reduces the amount of natural gas needed for purchase. In FY2019, we burned approximately 666 million cubic feet of biogas in our boilers. This is equivalent to the amount of natural gas used by 5,402 homes annually and reduces our GHG emissions by more than 23,000 metric tons CO2e each year.
Tyson Foods operates one of the largest private truck fleets in the U.S. with 3,000 trucks and 8,500 trailers. We continually seek new ways to reduce emissions, lower fuel consumption and decrease the GHG emissions of our fleet. As a partner in the EPA’s SmartWay® program, we require all products to be transported by SmartWay participating carriers. We implement several strategies to reduce our truck miles, including 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. We continue to evaluate new sustainable energy sources, such as natural gas, electrification and hydrogen products.
In FY2019, we upgraded our fleet with new and more fuel-efficient vehicles. In addition, we continued to test new product specifications to increase fuel economy and drive efficiency around tire wear, partnering with suppliers to evaluate these product options. Tyson Foods has set a stretch goal to eliminate 6 million miles of driving through truck utilization initiatives that allow us to load more product onto each truck, reducing the number of trucks needed to ship the same volume.
As a result of routine fleet upgrades, we increased our average miles per gallon by almost 2.5% in FY2019 compared to the previous year. In addition, by growing our railcar fleet, we decreased the number of truck shipments required by up to 50 shipments per month.
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