Smithfield Addresses the Hog Industry’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Smithfield Addresses the Hog Industry’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

EDF welcomes new measures to improve resilience, reduce methane emissions
Smithfield Foods is investing in infrastructure to install hog manure lagoon covers and digesters on farms to capture methane emissions and generate renewable energy from biogas. This landmark investment is part of the expansion of Smithfield Renewables, the company’s platform that spearheads innovative projects designed to help meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025.

Smithfield Foods is investing in infrastructure to install hog manure lagoon covers and digesters on farms to capture methane emissions and generate renewable energy from biogas. This landmark investment is part of the expansion of Smithfield Renewables, the company’s platform that spearheads innovative projects designed to help meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025.

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October 25, 2018, (NEW YORK, NY) With North Carolina still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, today committed to invest in infrastructure and provide farmer incentives to install manure lagoon covers and digesters on 90 percent of the total hog finishing capacity in North Carolina, Missouri and Utah over the next 10 years. These technologies protect manure lagoons from excessive rainfall, capture methane emissions and generate renewable energy from biogas.

The commitment includes Smithfield’s own operations and contract farms, as well as opportunities for other integrators to join. Meeting this goal would help Smithfield exceed its industry-leading commitment to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025.

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