Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) will end coal use for its operations in Thailand in 2022 and will transition to greener and more sustainable energy sources. The shift from coal to renewable energy sources will help the company achieve energy optimization and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Peerapong Krinchai, executive vice president – Corporate Engineering and Chairperson of the Working Group on Climate Change Management Water and Waste of CP Foods, said that CPF Coal Free 2022 initiative has been implemented to eliminate coal usage in its manufacturing operations across Thailand in this year and is replacing it with renewable and green energy sources, such as biomass energy from waste materials including wood chips, sawdust, corncobs, etc.
Currently, all 12 of the company's livestock feed mills have stopped using coal for producing steam and two aquafeed mills and a duck-fowl feather processing plant are currently phasing out the coal fuel consumption by the fourth quarter of this year.
“CP Foods is committed to a sustainable green business. We strive for efficient use of resources in line with the circular economy approach. This effort will reduce production costs and the use of fossil fuels which will, in turn, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate global warming. Phasing this out will also help CP Foods achieve the goal of a net-zero carbon emissions organization that was set by CP Foods to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Peerapong.
CP Foods wants to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production by 25% in 2025 compared to 2015. To reach this sustainability target, CP Foods has promoted the use of renewable energy such as biomass energy, biogas energy and solar energy, which currently accounts for 26% of the total energy consumption, enabling the company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 575,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Peerapong added that, in 2022, the company will continue to promote farm projects and prototype plants that use renewable energy, such as solar energy.