Energy Management

(GRI 3-3)


Around the world, JBS operations are dedicated to improving on-site energy efficiency while simultaneously increasing the company’s use of indirect energy from renewable sources.

As a material topic for our business, both in terms of its impact on our GHG footprint and general eco-efficiency, energy management is addressed globally through a four-pronged strategy, focused on:

• Identifying opportunities

by sharing best practices between company facilities, measuring and monitoring performance, and conducting energy-focused site audits;

• Implementing behavioral improvements

by establishing energy key performance indicators (KPIs) for each JBS facility, which prompt the implementation of no- or low-cost methods of reducing emissions through behavior;

• Approving capital expenditure upgrades

through capital investments to upgrade non-energy-efficient equipment, capture and use waste heat, and eliminate other inefficient processes; and

• Utilizing renewable energy

by procuring both onsite and/or virtual renewable energy sources for the areas where physical decarbonization of company assets is not feasible.

We apply this strategy against all sources of energy consumed by JBS and support it through various environmental data management systems at both business-unit and facility levels. In addition to total energy use and total renewable energy use, one of the key metrics we monitor is energy intensity (total energy use per unit of production). In 2023, we will implement a new global platform that will allow us to better assess our performance in real time, compare progress between regions and business units, and identify opportunities for future reductions.

Our efforts are further reflected in our goals for continuous improvement, namely our commitment to use 60% renewable electricity in our facilities by 2030. Globally, 42.3% of our energy use and 45.1% of our electricity use was derived from renewable sources in 2022, and several of our businesses continued to use 100% renewable electricity in their operations.


Energy Efficiency

Our environmental and engineering teams are dedicated to reducing energy use in our facilities by identifying operational efficiencies, replacing equipment, and leading behavioral improvements by example. Throughout 2022 they aligned to internal processes that allowed us to recognize and prioritize impactful projects that ranged across a variety of areas and topics, such as optimization of refrigeration and steam operations, conversion to LED lighting, improvement of fleet fuel efficiency in our transportation units, covering of anaerobic wastewater lagoons for biogas collection, and more.

Since pledging to become Net Zero by 2040, we have installed or are installing more than US$123 million in investments across more than 180 projects inside our own facilities to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions, primarily tied to energy use and methane destruction. Collectively, these initiatives will represent an annual reduction of 320,000 metric tons of CO2e.

The company also runs internal campaigns and training to raise team member awareness about responsible energy consumption.

Renewable Energy

In line with our commitments to reduce scope 2 emissions, we continue to ramp up global investments to increase our proportion of total energy consumption from clean sources. In 2022, renewable sources accounted for 42.3% of the total energy consumed by JBS operations worldwide.

Global Energy Consumption¹

(GRI 302-1; 302-3; 302-4)
2019 2020 2021 2022
Energy Use (MWh) 25,582,090 21,209,776 21,937,268 20,871,164
Energy Use Intensity (MWh/MT of finished product produced) 1.31 1.08 1.08 1.04
Renewable Energy Use (%) 36% 45% 43% 43%
Non-Renewable Energy Use (%) 64% 55% 57% 57%

Global Scope 1 Energy Consumption²

(GRI 302-1; 302-3; 302-4)
2019 2020 2021 2022
Scope 1 Energy Use (MWh) 19,097,746 14,364,025 15,210,827 14,500,052
Scope 1 Energy Use Intensity (MWh/MT of finished product produced) 0.98 0.73 0.75 0.72
Renewable Energy Use (%) 33% 43% 42% 41%
Non-Renewable Energy Use (%) 67% 57% 58% 59%

Global Scope 2 Energy Consumption³

(GRI 302-1; 302-3; 302-4)
2019 2020 2021 2022
Scope 2 Energy Use (MWh) 6,484,343 6,845,751 6,726,441 6,371,112
Scope 2 Energy Use Intensity (MWh/MT of finished product produced) 0.33 0.35 0.33 0.32
Renewable Electricity Use (%) 46% 51% 45% 45%
Non-Renewable Electricity Use (%) 54% 49% 55% 55%
1 Includes direct [electricity generated on-site, the use of fuel to generate steam and heat (stationary combustion) and consumption of fuel by company-owned vehicle fleets (mobile combustion)] and indirect [purchased electricity, steam, heat, and cooling] energy consumption.
2 Includes direct energy consumption [electricity generated on-site, the use of fuel to generate steam and heat (stationary combustion) and consumption of fuel by company-owned vehicle fleets (mobile combustion)].
3 Includes indirect energy consumption [purchased electricity, steam, heat, and cooling].

Case Studies:

In the United Kingdom, our Pilgrim’s UK and Pilgrim's Food Masters businesses continued to use 100% renewable electricity in 2022. Looking ahead, Pilgrim's UK is set to invest over £10 million across 2022 and 2023 to support the roll-out of a series of process innovations and operational improvements. To determine the best reduction projects
to invest in, the business has undertaken a net zero investment roadmap exercise. Upgrades include switching out equipment with more energy-efficient alternatives, such as replacing gas boilers with heat pumps and optimizing refrigeration systems. The business also already has local solar projects at many of its sites and is now expanding these to the remainder of its operations across the country – all of which will help to reduce carbon emissions by 11,000 metric tons annually.
Our JBS Biolins cogeneration facility in Lins, São Paulo, produces electricity and steam from biomass (sugarcane bagasse, eucalyptus chips, and various biomass waste), with a capacity of 45 MW – enough to power a city of 300,000 residents. Biolins provides 100% of the electricity and steam it generates to our
Friboi, JBS Couros, and JBS Novos Negócios facilities in Lins. The powerplant alone generates the equivalent of 25% of all electricity used by all JBS operations in Brazil.
In an effort to use more sustainable electricity through use of solar power, Pilgrim’s partnered with one of the largest energy suppliers in North America to implement its first U.S. solar energy project in Texas. Thanks to the area’s abundant open land and sunshine, West Texas has some of the greatest solar and wind power potential in the country. The Pilgrim’s West Texas solar project is a 15-year agreement
that is expected to supply our rural Pilgrim’s locations in Nacogdoches, Waco, and Lufkin with 786,938 megawatts of renewable electricity, displacing a total of 334,070 MT CO2e annually. To put this in perspective, that is the equivalent of taking more than 80,113 cars off the road for a year. When compared to common carbon offsets, the amount of displaced CO2e from this project is also equal to the amount of carbon sequestered by more than 393,024 hectares of forest in one year or more than 5,567,836 10-year-old tree seedlings.

As solar power continues to become a more available source of renewable electricity, we believe it can help us reach our global goal of net-zero GHG emissions and meet the energy demands of our facilities.
In multiple JBS operations around the world, facility lighting stood out as an opportunity for improved management. Poor lighting can inhibit workplace efficiency and is typically accompanied by high utility consumption and cost. In total, the company invested US$ 11 million across 41 projects to upgrade lighting and controls to
automatic LED, which provides at least 80% energy savings when compared to non-LED options. In addition, the upgraded work environment also improved employee morale and worker efficiency.
In our Pilgrim’s Mexico operations, we reduced energy consumption 16% from 2021 to 2022. Throughout the year, the business deployed
In 2022, nearly US$ 9 million was invested in 18 projects to improve operational waste heat recovery throughput. Oftentimes, waste heat
can be beneficially used to offset utility inputs, and as such, these projects have the potential to collectively reduce more than 13,000 MT of GHG emissions annually.
In Brazil, Swift uses clean and renewable solar energy in its stores and in all vehicles used to sell the brand's products. The business has installed solar panels on the roofs of 101 Swift stores and supplies an additional 45 stores with energy generated at solar farm plants. By capturing sunlight and generating electricity to powers
its stores, Swift generates fewer GHG emissions and minimizes its environmental impact. This project is a partnership with third-party companies such as mbar Energia from the J&F group, which operates in the generation and selling of energy. By the second half of 2025, Swift anticipates that its entire network will be supplied with solar energy.
In Continental Europe and the United Kingdom, our Moy Park team saw an 8% reduction in energy intensity between 2021 and 2022. Overall energy consumption was reduced due to the business’ utility saving teams at the facility level leading
reduction projects, action plans outlining targeted opportunities, and behavioral changes in team members.

Energy-related key performance indicators (KPIs) were also closely evaluated through regular performance reviews, and improved metering system deployment and analysis were advanced. Finally, sharing utility reduction activities and improvements between facilities was also found to be effective.
Across multiple JBS USA and Pilgrim’s U.S. facilities, we partnered with local utility providers and third-party energy consultants to identify energy savings opportunities, audit routine operations, and implement best practices for reducing energy consumption. Sixteen facilities received on-site assistance and
as a result realized reductions across a range of interventions – from daily low-cost behaviors to capital-funded heat recovery projects. Today, they continue to engage in other energy saving initiatives.
No Carbon, a new JBS company that leases out electric trucks to transport frozen and
chilled products, began operations in 2022, supporting logistical operations for retailers and other JBS businesses across Brazil.