Thailand’s Climate Leaders : CP Foods targets to achieve
‘Low-carbon Organisation’ by 2030 to ensure food security
Both the Global Compact Network Thailand (GCNT) Forum 2021 in Bangkok and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow focus on the commitment by all parties, the government, the private sector and people, to act on climate change and transition towards sustainability to address global warming problems.
As a leading food producer, Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) realises the importance of its role and mission in building food security for the global community. As a result, the company will utilise more renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions, food loss and food waste in its operation throughout the retail business in bid to achieve “Low-carbon Organisation” by 2030.
Mr. Peerapong Krinchai, Executive Vice President – Corporate Engineering and Chairperson of the Working Group on Climate Change Management Water and Waste of CP Foods, said, “CP Foods has kicked off its new sustainable strategy ‘CPF 2030 Sustainability in Action’ with the goal to achieve ‘Carbon Neutral’ in line with Charoen Pokphand Group’s target by 2030. The company has joined forces with employees, business partners and all stakeholders to accelerate climate action to achieve the goal and ensure business sustainable growth in the future.”
The company’s new strategy has formed under three pillars, namely, Food Security, Self-Sufficient Society and Balance of Nature, along with nine missions that encompass holistic sustainability in economic, social and environmental dimensions. The strategy aims mainly to lower climate change impacts.
To achieve the goal, the company has reduced food loss and food waste through waste to value principle and engaged on maximising the use of resources under “Circular Economy” practices to meet decarbonisation commitment. Particularly, its action agendas have been implemented to increase operational efficiency, renewable energy, sourcing with deforestation-free materials, afforestation and reforestation.
Mr.Peerapong added that renewable energy, particularly, solar power, biogas and biomass, are selected platforms to serve CP Foods’ businesses. So far, the company has three-phase plans for low-carbon power generation. The first phase already set up 24 solar rooftop plants with a total capacity of 16.2 megawatts. Moreover, it is stepping forwards in the second phase focusing on solar farm and solar floating at six locations both processing plant and shrimp farms and expects to generate electricity by the end of this year. The third phase draws to implement both solar rooftop and solar farm with a combined capacity of 20 megawatts which would be completed by the end of next year. This three-phase project will generate over 47 megawatts electricity and decarbonisation of 30,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per annum, equivalent to 25,000 trees.
CP Foods will also achieve its “Coal Free 2022” commitment to replace coal with biomass energy by next year and will reduce carbon emission by 70,000 tonnes equivalent. Waste-to-Energy has been promoted within the Company for many years. Currently, the company uses biogas, replacing fossil fuel, as a source of electricity generation on-site. In 94 of the company’s swine farms, biogas from treated animal manure has been the main source of energy which has helped reduce electricity expenses by as much as 80% of the farm’s total electricity consumption. Some 96% of the company’s contract farming also employs biogas generation. In addition, wastewater from seven layer-chicken complexes and wastewater from food processing factories nationwide is converted to energy under the Waste-to-Energy (W2E) scheme.
Last year, renewable energy accounted for 26% of CP Foods’ total energy consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 575,000 tons carbon dioxide equivalent with a cost saving of 305 million baht. The company also targets to cut GHG by 25% and energy consumption per production unit by 15% by 2025, compared to the base year of 2015.
“CP Foods is on the pathway with strong intension to reach our Low-carbon Organisation goal in 2030,” continued Mr.Peerapong. “Our action plan is not only focused on the process of lowering the amount of GHG produced by the burning of fossil fuels but also reducing food loss and food waste throughout the operation.”
Mr. Peerapong pointed out that the company’s food waste reduction sets a zero target within 2030. Moreover, waste disposal to landfill and incineration per production unit will be reduced by 35% by 2025 compared to the base year 2015.
Under CP Foods’ sustainable strategy, the company plans to double its reforestation area from 10,000 rai in 2020 to 20,000 rai in 2030 to absorb carbon dioxide emissions. The company’s Rak Ni-Ves, Pasak Watershed, Khao Phraya Doen Thong Project in Lopburi province has been running for the past five years and covers 6,971-rai. Another project is Grow-Share-Protect Mangrove Forestation that covers 2,388 rai in five provinces (Rayong, Samut Sakhon, Chumphon, Songkhla and Phang-Nga). The Rak-Nives Project aims to grow trees at CP Foods’ work places nationwide, covering 1,720 rai.
“CP Foods realises the important of reducing climate change impacts to gradually reduce the use of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions to keep global warming below 1.5 °C as global’s plan,” Mr. Peerapong stressed.