Air quality and greenhouse gases (GHG) are a top concern for our team and the communities where we operate, and 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 to reduce GHG emissions across our operations.
We continuously invest in energy efficient technologies including LED lighting, real-time measurement devices and predictive maintenance, more efficient equipment, electrification of heating systems and transportation and more efficient refrigeration systems.
We are currently looking at opportunities to use waste-to-energy processes. To date, one of our facilities uses biogas as a renewable energy source and 100% of the electricity that our Tulip facilities source is renewable. In 2019, the share of indirect energy from renewable sources used at our U.S. facilities varied between 3% and 25%, depending on where the facilities were located.
Progress to goals update, as of 2019,
14% reduction in GHG emissions. Met our goal of 14%.
*Goals set based on 2013, 2014, 2015 average baselines for our U.S. facilities
From 2018 to 2019, Pilgrim’s Global increased fuel use intensity by 2% and reduced electricity use intensity by 2%.
For our business units in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who participated in our 2020 goal-setting process, natural gas use intensity decreased by 11% and electricity use intensity decreased by 9% since 2015. Our teams will continue to stay focused on reducing energy use throughout our operations to meet our 14% reduction goal in natural gas and our 12% reduction goal in electricity by 2020.
We track direct GHG emissions from stationary and mobile sources (Scope 1), excluding manure emissions from our live animal operations, and energy indirect emissions (Scope 2). From 2018 to 2019, we reduced our GHG emission intensity by 5% across all Pilgrim’s operations.
In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, GHG emission intensity decreased 14% since 2015, successfully achieving our GHG emission reduction goal.