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Energy & Emissions

Tyson Foods aspires to make a bold reduction of our carbon footprint.

We work 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 approved our target in 2018, making us the first U.S. protein company in the food and beverage sector to receive such an approval.

GHG Reduction in the Tyson Foods Value Chain

Our GHG reduction target compels us to evaluate possible emissions reductions at every stage:

Transportation

Tyson Foods is a partner in the EPA SmartWay® program, and we are always looking for ways to reduce miles driven.

Grain for Livestock

One pilot focused on grain production practices that improve farmer’s economic and environmental bottom line.

Water Treatment

We strive to use renewable fuels like biogas from our wastewater treatment operations.

Operations

We work to reduce consumption of electricity and fossil fuels to power processing equipment and cook, chill and freeze product.

We are 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.

Types of Energy Used1

Bar chart showing Tyson Foods' types of energy used from FY2018 through FY2020

We strive to use renewable fuels like biogas from our wastewater treatment operations. In some production locations, we have covered wastewater treatment lagoons 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 can use the biogas in plant boilers, 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.

Transportation

Tyson Foods operates one of the largest private truck fleets in the U.S. 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 addition to routine fleet upgrades with new and more fuel-efficient vehicles, we test new product specifications to increase fuel economy and drive efficiency around tire wear, partnering with suppliers to evaluate these product options. We also look for ways to grow our railcar fleet which allows us to decrease the number of truck shipments we require.

1The FY2018 footprint includes data from our Tyson U.S.-based operation, The Pork Group and hog buying stations only. Information from our Tyson U.S.-based operations, The Pork Group, hog buying stations, Original Philly, Advance Pierre, American Proteins, Tecumseh Poultry and Legacy Keystone Foods U.S.- based operations are included in our FY2019 and FY2020 footprint.

Types of Energy Used1

1The FY2018 footprint includes data from our Tyson U.S.-based operation, The Pork Group and hog buying stations only. Information from our Tyson U.S.-based operations, The Pork Group, hog buying stations, Original Philly, Advance Pierre, American Proteins, Tecumseh Poultry and Legacy Keystone Foods U.S.- based operations are included in our FY2019 and FY2020 footprint.