2014 Progress

As established from our 2011 base year, our goal is to implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 92,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) by 2020. In fiscal 2014, we implemented projects that resulted in a reduction of over 2,500 metric tons of GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations, reaching 32 percent of our goal when combined with our progress since 2012. Of the total GHG emissions, direct GHG emissions were approximately 46 percent and indirect GHG emissions were approximately 54 percent. Normalized GHG emissions for manufacturing plants were 0.339 metric tons CO2-e per ton of products sold, even from the prior year level. We are currently on pace to reach our 2020 goal.

Recent Projects

To reduce air emissions

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions:

The Beijing Project Blue Sky at the Beijing HFC Plant (Beijing, China) received the honor of being named the Hormel Foods 2014 Sustainability Best of the Best champion for achievements in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. By replacing two boilers with more efficient steam generators and moving them closer to ovens to reduce energy loss, and using heat recovery technology and thermal solar panels to heat water for sanitation, the team was able to decrease air emissions by 60 percent compared to the previous year.

Air Emissions Reduced

Converting farms from LP to natural gas:

Our Jennie-O Turkey Store live production team continued a multi-year initiative to convert numerous turkey farms from liquid propane (LP) to cleaner burning natural gas. In 2014, 18 farms were converted from LP to natural gas, which included 100 individual buildings and 9,800 heaters. By converting these farms, the team lowered emissions by an additional 15,450 metric tons of CO2-e.
Emissions Lowered

Implementing boiler burner efficiency upgrades:

The team at the Jennie-O Turkey Store Willmar Ave. Plant (Willmar, Minn.) identified an opportunity to upgrade their outdated boiler burners and controls to improve steam system efficiencies. This project reduced GHG emissions by 401 metric tons CO2-e in 2014.
GHG Emissions