Bumble Bee Foods Environmental Goal Progress
In 2010, Bumble Bee established environmental reduction goals that challenged us to reduce by 2015 energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 15%, water use by 15% and waste to landfill by 15% on a per production unit basis. We reported last year that we met all four of those 2015 goals!
We have now set a second round of new targets where we are seeking to reduce our key usage metrics by an additional 5% off the 2015 baseline levels by 2020. Because of the significant reductions reached on our initial set of goals, these new ones will be challenging. Below are our results for 2017.
2017 Performance (per production output) vs. 2020 goals
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Usage
Bumble Bee Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas overall emissions increased by 2% but because of lower production volumes, emissions per production unit increased 18%. Similarly, overall energy usage increased by 3% but energy usage per production unit increased by 18% in 2017 when compared to the 2015 baseline. Continued improvements driven by operational consolidation, energy efficiency measures at our plants and a conversion from fuel oil to natural gas at one of our facilities were offset by 13% decrease in production output.
Bumble Bee overall fresh water usage decreased 7% in 2016 from the 2015 baseline but water usage per production unit increased 7% because of lower production volumes.
Bumble Bee waste sent to landfill was up 3% in 2017 from 2015 baseline but waste to landfill per production unit was up 19% because of lower production volumes. There is some uncertainty in this figure given the termination of BAF waste project at one plant for technical reasons.
In 2017, Bumble Bee facilities sent 3,188 tons of waste to compost, diverted from landfill 14,447 tons of herring parts to use in fishmeal, diverted 5,761 tons of herring parts for use in bait products, recycled over 229 tons of corrugate, 35 tons of plastic, and 39 tons of steel.