Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va., launched Smithfield Renewables, a new platform within the organization that will unify, lead and accelerate the company's carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. Smithfield Renewables will ensure the company meets its environmental commitments, including its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025.
"Smithfield has long led the industry in sustainability and its environmental commitments," says Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production division environmental affairs. "Smithfield Renewables will ensure we continue to lead in this arena by further sharpening our focus on programs that help us reduce our carbon footprint and recycle energy more efficiently."
Westerbeek will lead an advisory committee that will evaluate projects and help direct a company-wide strategy for renewable energy projects across farms, including projects that convert manure into useful products from fertilizer to renewable energy sources, and facilities, including refrigeration, boiler and other equipment upgrades. Smithfield Renewables will also further develop and build upon these best-in-industry projects.
"At Smithfield Foods, we are known for producing good food responsibly and our bold environmental commitments," says Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO. "By launching Smithfield Renewables, we are better positioned to achieve these goals and continue setting pioneering environmental programs."