ADM reports water, energy, emissions reductions

By Erin Voegele | October 15, 2013

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has released a new corporate responsibility report that outlines efforts to curb emissions, reduce energy use and decrease water consumption at its facilities. Overall, ADM reported a 4.3 percent reduction in energy consumption and a 2.6 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2010 through 2012, putting the company on track to meet its 15 percent reduction goals by 2020.

According to the report, ADM’s global footprint includes 265 processing plants, including several ethanol plants. ADM also operates more than 420 crop-origination facilities, and a global transportation network of approximately 2,400 barges, 26,900 railcars, 1,800 trucks and trailers and 38 oceangoing vessels.

In addition to reductions in energy and GHG emissions, ADM reported substantial decreases in the volume of water it consumes. Of more than 700 facilities operated by ADM, the report notes that 34 use 95 percent of the water the company consumes globally, with six U.S. corn processing facilities responsible for a full 70 percent of global usage. Water usage at those six facilities is down 11.8 percent on a per-unit-of-production basis. According to the report, ADM aims to achieve a 15 percent total reduction by 2018. ADM also noted that with the rollout of a new water tracking system and implementation of a new global water reporting procedure, it expects to be able to report usage from the top 95 percent of its water users in future reports.

The corporate responsibility report also addresses the use of distillers grains coproducts that result from its ethanol operations, as well as feed products manufactured from stover. “By some estimates, if the stover/distillers grains feeding regimen were to be adopted on a large scale by U.S. cattle feeders, up to 1 billion bushels of grain could be preserved for other fee uses or processed to produce fuel or bio-based chemicals,” said the company in the report.

Within the report, ADM also points to its achievements in the renewable chemicals sector. The company’s renewable propylene glycol is used in a variety of products, including antifreeze, brake fluids, deicing flue, heat transfer fluids and paints and coatings.

A full copy of the report is available here