ADM sees progress toward environmental goals
by Eric Schroeder
DECATUR, ILL. — A companywide campaign to curb emissions, reduce energy use and decrease water consumption is showing early results at Archer Daniels Midland Co., according to the company’s recently released Corporate Responsibility report.
“Our ADM values of respect, responsibility, integrity and resourcefulness inspire us to fulfill our purpose responsibly and sustainably,” Patricia Woertz, chairman, president and chief executive officer, noted in the report. “So two years ago, ADM set a goal of achieving, by 2020, 15% reductions on a per-unit-of-production basis in energy, emissions, water and waste. Most of these reductions are from baseline levels established in 2010; in the case of water, our baseline dates to 2008, and we are working to reach our 15% target by 2018.
“Since November 2011, when our last Corporate Responsibility report was published, our company has made significant progress toward these targets. And the ongoing implementation of our global Environmental Management Information System will give us the ability to more regularly track and report progress in the future.”
Between 2010-12, implementing energy-saving projects generated an estimated 4.3% reduction in ADM’s total energy consumption and a 2.6% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, both on a per-unit-of-production basis. This progress puts the company on-track to achieve its goal of a 15% reduction in both areas by 2020.
The report also noted that from 2008-12, ADM reduced water use 11.8% at the six U.S. corn-processing facilities responsible for 70% of its global water consumption. The company has committed to a 15% reduction per unit of production by 2018.
“ADM’s dual focus on operational excellence and on serving vital needs in a sustainable way is improving our environmental profile,” said Matt Jansen, senior vice-president and president, ADM Oilseeds, who chairs the company’s sustainability committee. “We’re pleased at the results we’ve been able to deliver so far, and we think prospects are excellent for continued improvement.”
In addition to environmental data, the new report provides detailed background on the company’s ongoing work to ensure more sustainable supply chains for palm oil, soybeans and cocoa. It offers an overview of company innovations in areas ranging from renewable chemicals to greener tugboats and more fuel-efficient road and rail transportation. And, it details many of the projects and organizations the company’s social-investment program, ADM Cares, has supported with $44 million in contributions since 2009.
The report is available at www.adm.com/responsibility.