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.
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.
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)
|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)
|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)
|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%|
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].
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.
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.