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    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

    The Challenge

    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.

    Targeting Reductions

    LDC is working to improve its performance in four key areas: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy consumption, water consumption and solid waste generation.

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions – reducing emissions by introducing innovative processes, leveraging new technology and opting for clean energy sources

    Energy Consumption – refining our energy footprint measurements, and introducing efficiencies wherever possible to reduce power consumption

    Water Consumption – minimizing freshwater use, finding ways to recycle wastewater and ensuring that wastewater does not cause pollution at processing assets

    Solid Waste Generation – saving resources through recycling and reusing processing by-products. We also ensure proper waste disposal, avoiding risks of pollution.

    All our business regions have targets to contribute to our global reduction goals, as well as systems and targets to generate efficiencies – right down to asset level. Some recent examples:

    • We installed solar panels at our oilseeds storage facilities in Kenya and Brazil, making the latter energy self-sufficient
    • Our Ponta Grossa oilseeds processing asset in Brazil cut electricity consumption by 1.7%
    • Our Matão juice processing plant in Brazil installed a conveyor belt system that saves over 175,000m3 of water annually
    • Our facility in Lampung, Indonesia reuses ash generated when refining palm oil, turning it into cement and bricks

     

    Positive Influence

    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