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 met all four of those 2015 goals!
We have now set a second round of new challenging 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 2018.
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 9% but because of lower production volumes and increased fishing from the fleet in Blacks Harbour, emissions per production unit increased 20%. Similarly, overall energy usage increased by 10% but energy usage per production unit increased by 21% in 2018 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 9% decrease in production output.
Bumble Bee overall fresh water usage decreased 2% in 2018 from the 2015 baseline but water usage per production unit increased 8% because of lower production volumes.
Bumble Bee waste sent to landfill was down 16% in 2018 from 2015 baseline and waste to landfill per production unit decreased 7%.
In 2018, Bumble Bee facilities sent 3,577 tons of waste to compost, diverted from landfill 12,171 tons of herring parts to use in fishmeal, diverted 1,524 tons of herring parts for use in bait products, recycled 299 tons of corrugate, 40 tons of plastic, and 50 tons of steel.