How Cummins Is Emphasizing Environmental Sustainability in Its Manufacturing Sites

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At Cummins, we view sustainability as a key to our success. Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger gave an interview recently where he talked about how environmental sustainability benefits Cummins. “From our point of view, emphasizing environmental sustainability is the right thing to do, but we also think it is good business,” said Linebarger.

“There’s no question that our focus on environmental innovation and leadership has caused our company to grow, to become more profitable and to increase our appeal with big companies that would like to partner with us because of our leading technologies. At our own facilities, we’ve installed environmentally sustainable technologies that offer a win-win: less environmental impact and cost-reduction benefits.”

Click here to read a blog post on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s website about Cummins’ Seymour Engine Plant and Technical Center in Seymour, Indiana.  This plant is the latest company facility to earn certification to ISO 50001 international energy management standards. By the end of 2017, Cummins had certification for 26 manufacturing sites toward its goal of 40 by 2020.

Linebarger also believes our energy-efficiency and sustainability efforts help the company attract and retain talented and passionate employees.

“Lastly, sustainability brings employee engagement benefits. People want to join a company that is engaged in solving the biggest problem of our time, and so when Cummins says “we are in,” that makes potential hires more interested in us and makes employees more attached to the company because they’re working for something important. This translates into more thinking, more innovation and more energy from our employees.”

Cummins Inc.

A Global Power Leader

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters and diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW as well as related components and technology.

Significant Progress, New Initiatives in Environmental Efforts at Smithfield Foods

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We are excited to release the environment section of our 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting our company’s progress in reducing our environmental impact while growing our operations responsibly to meet the growing global demand for pork. We had a significant year of achievements in 2017 of which we are quite proud!

At Smithfield, our supply chain begins at the farms that grow grain for our pigs. It incorporates our vertically integrated hog farming operations, our processing plants and the third-party transportation network that brings finished products to retail stores and restaurants. We work within our supply chain to make sure we provide consumers with quality foods produced in a responsible manner. By addressing environmental concerns in every facet of our business, we are able to get one step closer to our goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025 and reach our 2020 environmental targets.

This section of our 2017 Sustainability Report details our industry-leading environmental programs and initiatives, such as:

  • Innovative practices and platforms, including Smithfield Renewables, to help us achieve our commitment to reducing GHG emissions 25 percent by 2025 throughout our entire supply chain—the first commitment of its kind by a protein company.
  • Eight certified zero-waste-to-landfill facilities that save the company nearly $273,000 per year, with five more facilities expected to be certified by the end of 2018.
  • Projects recognized by our internal awards program that reduced water use by more than 86 million gallons and diverted more than 30 million pounds of waste from landfills in 2017. These, along with other environmental achievements, helped the company save an estimated $128 million over the past five years in operating costs.
  • Eighty third-party awards recognizing our environmental sustainability achievements in 2017.

Here are more highlights from our environment section in this infographic:

The next section of our report about food safety and quality will be coming soon—keep an eye out! Also, in case you missed the release of our animal care section, click here, and you can click here in case you were unable to attend the sustainability webinar I recently hosted.

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Stewart Leeth

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Headlights vs. Highlights: Season Four of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP” Showcases General Motors and L’Oréal USA

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently unveiled the fourth installment of the “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring General Motors and L’Oréal USA. In this online video series, these manufacturers swap energy management teams to gain new insights, save money and improve the energy performance of their industrial facilities. The result is an informative, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to improve manufacturing competitiveness through energy efficiency.

The DOE and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership to amplify manufacturers’ environmental stewardship and encourage the adoption of energy-efficient and sustainable practices. Dr. Robert Ivester, director of the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, recently presented to the NAM’s joint task forces on energy efficiency and sustainability. Through Better Plants, the DOE is partnering with manufacturers all across the country to successfully explore and share new ways to reduce their energy use and improve their productivity. The “SWAP” webisodes are an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at leaders in action and demonstrate the value of sharing ideas and best practices.

“General Motors and L’Oréal USA are taking this unique challenge and paving the way for other industrial companies to improve their energy efficiency and save money,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan. “This is a rare opportunity to see these energy leaders in action, learn how American products are manufactured and understand how to apply their energy management expertise to buildings and facilities nationwide.”

View season four (and all prior seasons) in the Better Buildings Solution Center:

Eli Levine is the program manager for the Better Plants Program at the DOE.