Smithfield Renewables, a new platform within Smithfield Foods, has been established to help accelerate the company’s carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.
Smithfield has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025.
The formation of Smithfield Renewables was announced at the 2017 COMMIT! Forum. Kraig Westerbeek was introduced as first Senior Director of the division.
“Smithfield has long led the industry in sustainability and its environmental commitments,” said Westerbeek. “Smithfield Renewables will ensure we continue to lead in this arena by further sharpening our focus on programs that help us reduce our carbon footprint and recycle energy more efficiently.”
Westerbeek will lead an advisory committee to evaluate projects and help direct a company-wide strategy for renewable energy projects across both farms and facilities. At facilities, this includes refrigeration, boiler and other equipment upgrades. On farms, this includes projects that convert manure into useful products from fertilizer to renewable energy sources.
“At Smithfield Foods, we are known for producing good food responsibly and our bold environmental commitments,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. “By launching Smithfield Renewables, we are better positioned to achieve these goals and continue setting pioneering environmental programs.”