Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its 2020 Better Plant Annual Progress Update. The Better Plants program helps manufacturing partners work to reduce energy intensity across their U.S. operations. The typical goal is 25% energy savings in 10 years.
The list of Better Plant partners features several food companies, including Campbell Soup Company, PepsiCo, and Tyson Foods, as well as suppliers such as JBT Corporation.
Cumulatively, the 235 Better Plants partners, representing 3,200 manufacturing facilities, have saved $8.2 billion and 1.7 quadrillion BTUs of energy. Here’s what the food and beverage industry and their supplier partners achieved in 2020.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Boardman Foods, Gibraltar Industries, Silgan, Southwest Cheese, and Valmont Industries joined the Better Plants Program.
Cold chain solution provider Lineage Logistics joined the Better Plants Challenge, a leadership initiative through which companies share their data, solutions, and success to help other organizations achieve their energy efficiency goals.
JBT Corporation surpassed its goal by achieving 25% energy savings in 9 years.
PepsiCo and Lineage Logistics won 2020 Better Project awards:
- PepsiCo won for implementing a combined heat and power project at a Gatorade facility that resulted in $1 million annual electricity savings and a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Lineage Logistics one for optimizing the blast freezing process in a cold storage facility, resulting in 50% shorter freeze times and a 20% improvement in blast energy efficiency.
Flowers Foods, SugarCreek, and packaging supplier Paperworks joined a pilot waste reduction program.