Smithfield Renewables is a new initiative within the Smithfield Foods Inc. that will lead, unify and as well accelerate the industry-leading carbon reduction of the company and also the efforts of the renewable energy. This new platform will make sure the company achieves its environmental commitments and as well the goal of reducing with 25% by the year 2025 the greenhouse gas emission.
Smithfield Renewables was announced at the company’s 2017 COMMIT! Forum, a conference held every year for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners to share best practices and also to network. During the course of the conference, the first Senior Director of Smithfield Renewables, Kraig Westerbeek was introduced. Kraig will oversee and lead the GHG reduction efforts, ensures the company achieves its goals; and every report will be made to the chief sustainability officer of Smithfield.
The new Senior Director of Smithfield Renewables and Hog Production Division Environmental Affairs, Kraig Westerbeek said, “Smithfield has long led the industry in sustainability and its environmental commitments,” he further strengthened his points by saying “Smithfield Renewables will ensure we continue to lead in this area by further sharpening our focus on programs that help us reduce our carbon footprint and recycle energy more efficiently.”
An advisory committee will be led by Kraig; this committee will help in evaluating projects and also direct a company-wide strategy for renewable energy projects on farms and facilities. What will be evaluated at facilities includes boiler, refrigerator and upgrades of other equipment while farms will include projects that transform manure into useful products from fertilizer to renewable energy sources. Best-in-industry projects will further be developed and built by Smithfield Renewables.
The president and CEO of Smithfield Foods, Kenneth M. Sullivan has this to say:
“At Smithfield Foods, we are known for producing good food responsibly and our bold environmental commitments, by launching Smithfield Renewables, we are better positioned to achieve these goals and continue setting pioneering environmental programs.”
For more information about Smithfield Renewables kindly watch this video and also read more regarding Smithfield’s industry-leading environmental programs and as well the recently released company’s Sustainable Report.