Air quality and greenhouse gases are a top concerns for our team and the communities where we operate—as such we are constantly looking for opportunities to improve our energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.
Our environmental teams work to implement best practices for energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our operations.
We continuously invest in energy efficient technologies including LED lighting, real-time measurement devices, predictive maintenance, more efficient equipment, electrification of heating systems and transportation and more efficient refrigeration systems.
To date, 12 of our facilities use biogas as a renewable energy source, and seven have implemented solar systems. These solar systems are located in the U.S., one in Australia and three in Europe. The share of indirect energy from renewable sources across our JBS USA facilities, globally, is approximately 4%. Pilgrim’s UK sources 100% renewable energy.
We met our 12% electricity reduction target, achieving a 14% reduction.
16% decrease in natural gas use intensity, short of our 20% reduction target.
We achieved our 20% GHG emission intensity reduction goal.
*Goals set based on 2013, 2014, 2015 average baselines for our U.S. and Canadian facilities
As a global company, we decreased our fuel use intensity by 0.5% and increased our electricity use intensity by 4% from 2019 to 2020. For our business units in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico that participated in our 2020 goal-setting process, natural gas use intensity decreased by 16% and electricity use intensity decreased by 14% since 2015, successfully achieving our electricity reduction goal.
We track direct greenhouse gas emissions from stationary and mobile sources (scope 1) (excluding enteric and manure emissions from our live animal operations) and indirect energy emissions (scope 2). From 2019 to 2020, we reduced our global greenhouse gas emission intensity by 5%. In the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, greenhouse gas emission intensity decreased 20% since 2015, meeting our 2020 reduction goal.
Our JBS USA Carriers business unit is focused on improving fuel efficiency as the primary means to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, they improved fuel efficiency across the fleet by 0.15 miles per gallon and decreased GHG emissions by 3%.