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 2016.
2016 Performance (per production output) vs. 2020 goals
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Usage
Bumble Bee Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas overall emissions decreased by 2% bu because of lower production volumes emissions per production unit increased 5%. Similarly, overall energy usage decreased by 1% but energy usage per production unit increased by 4% in 2016 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 6% decrease in production output.
Bumble Bee overall fresh water usage decreased 1% in 2016 from the 2015 baseline but water usage per production unit increased 5% because of lower production volumes. Note a change from our initial five term goals is that we will only measure goals for fresh water and exclude sea water used for movement of fish at one or our plants.
Bumble Bee waste sent to landfill was down 7% in 2016 from 2015 baseline but waste to landfill per production unit was down 2% 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 2016, Bumble Bee facilities sent 2,985 tons of waste to compost, diverted from landfill 10,510 tons of herring parts to use in fishmeal, diverted 6,577 tons of herring parts for use in bait products, recycled over 277 tons of corrugate, 71 tons of plastic, and 66 tons of steel.