ADM sustainability commitments by 2035: curb global greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption

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ADM has announced an ambitious new plan to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and its energy intensity by 15 percent by 2035.

“Every single day, ADM is focused on keeping its employees healthy and safe while simultaneously ensuring we are continuing to support the world’s food supply,”

said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano.

The new goals follow on ADM’s original “15×20” plan, unveiled in 2011, in which the company committed to per-unit improvements in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste to landfill by 2020. After meeting those goals ahead of schedule, ADM engaged WSP Global, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services firms, to conduct an in-depth feasibility study to help shape a new set of commitments to combat climate change. WSP’s study, identified several pathways toward success, including:

  • Purchasing renewable electricity;
  • Increasing use of biomass fuels;
  • Transportation fleet changes;
  • Equipment changes in some locations.

Our new goals are ambitious yet achievable. The greenhouse gas emissions we’ll save will be the equivalent of those from charging every single smart phone on the planet 250 times. This is going to have a real impact, and is a key way in which we’re going to continue to give our customers an edge in meeting the market challenges of today and tomorrow.

In addiction, ADM’s Board formed a new committee on Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in 2019, offering guidance, leadership and oversight at the highest level for its sustainability and corporate citizenship efforts.

The company is increasingly using technology – such as satellite imagery – as it maps its supply chains. And in December, ADM was shortlisted as a Sustainability Champion by the Food Ingredients Innovation awards for its work promoting and supporting sustainable agricultural practices among more than 12,000 smallholder farmers in Brazil and Paraguay.

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Sources: Business Wide; ADM