More than a neutral observer when it comes to tackling climate change
As part of our commitment to help combat climate change, LDC sets global, time-bound targets to reduce our environmental impact and leverage our position as a major industry player to drive positive change with our business partners
Climate change is one of the world’s greatest challenges and a major one for the agricultural sector.
Global warming is changing the planet’s weather patterns and average temperatures, which threatens to alter the land area suitable for agriculture and increase the spread of pests and diseases.
At the same time, feeding an estimated world population of 9 billion in 2050 will require 50% more agricultural production and 15% higher withdrawals of water.
There has never been a greater need for our sector to source and distribute our products reliably and responsibly, reduce the environmental impact of our activities and look for innovative solutions to the future of food.
LDC is working to improve its environmental performance across four key metrics: CO2 emissions, energy consumption, water usage and solid waste generation.
Emissions –reducing CO2 emissions by introducing innovative processes, leveraging new technology and opting for clean energy sources.
Energy – refining our energy footprint measurement and increasing energy efficiencies wherever possible to reduce consumption.
Water –minimizing freshwater use, recycling wastewater and managing wastewater to avoid pollution.
Solid Waste –reducing waste through recycling and reuse of processing by-products, and ensuring proper waste disposal to avoid pollution.
All our business regions have targets to contribute to global environmental KPI reduction goals, as well as systems and targets to generate efficiencies right down to site level. Some recent examples include:
- At our cottonseed processing plant in Paraguaçú Paulista, Brazil, we increased the efficiency of thermal conduction in the boiler evaporator, increasing overall boiler efficiency by 2.4% and reducing fuel consumption by almost 4%.
- At our edible oil refinery in Kandla, India, we installed a steam control valve to reduce steam consumption during low requirement periods, which resulted in a daily saving of approximately four tons of steam.
- Our integrated rapeseed crushing and biodiesel plant in Wittenberg, Germany, became almost waste-free through repurposing production by-products. This reduced the amount of solid waste to landfill by more than 4,630MT.
- Through a reduction in usage, an increase in recycling and more self-circulation, our oilseeds processing plant in Zhangjiagang, China, has decreased its annual water consumption by 50L/MT, leading to an expected annual cost saving of US$53,000.
Our position as a leading merchant and processor presents both a responsibility and an opportunity when it comes to climate change.
Engaging actively with farmers, suppliers and partners around the world, we influence and encourage them to adopt sustainable practices and reduce emissions.
We do this by:
- Training farmers in sustainable techniques, and providing tools to help them adapt to a changing climate
- Working with freight industry partners to find efficient product shipping solutions, reducing emissions and costs
- Advancing toward zero deforestation targets within our palm oil and soy supply chains
- Promoting sustainable practices throughout our commodity supply chains