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Environmental Sustainability

Water

Through a thorough system of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), the team at JBS Canada tracks and measures data on a weekly and monthly basis to determine progress related to our sustainability goals. Supervisors and Superintendents are educated and accountable for usage in their respective area, and each week these results are communicated to the management team.

A series of flow meters measure water usage in each production area. This information is collected at the end of every shift and relayed to the area supervisor who is accountable as part of their KPIs. Regular water audits identify inefficiencies, such as a leaking faucet, and the findings are reported weekly. Nozzle restrictors on all hoses maintain pressure while ensuring decreased water use.

2020 Water Goal

Reduce water usage per head by
34%


Our water treatment system is essential to sustain the ongoing operation of our facility.


2020 Electricity Goal

Reduce usage by
4%

Regular preventative maintenance is performed to ensure equipment is running at its highest efficiency. Energy-efficient LED light bulbs are used in all areas of the facility and team members are expected to shut down equipment when not in use.

2020 Natural Gas Goal

Reduce natural gas usage by
5%

To reduce the consumption of natural gas in our boilers we have reduced waste heat, installed technology that allows us to recycle heat, and taken measures to keep cooling air away from the boiler furnace.

2020 GHG Goal

Reduce GHGs by
5%

We have invested in reducing GHG emissions and have maintained compliance with provincial and federal regulations.

The Future is Bright

In the anaerobic lagoons, bacteria convert the organic material to methane. This is a very viable fuel, therefore JBS is committed to developing eco-friendly and sustainable techniques to utilize it. Some of the projects that JBS plans to complete in the future include:

TRAP AND FLARE – By covering the anaerobic lagoons, we will trap the biogas and flare it, which will reduce our GHG footprint by up to 65%.

COGENERATION UNIT – The Cogeneration unit will be fueled by natural gas to produce electricity and steam. Eventually we will supplement a portion of the fuel supply with methane from the anaerobic lagoons.

Additional Innovations

Brine Crystaller: Reduces the brine storage needs and saves over 1 million gallons of fresh water while recycling around 5 million pounds of salt.

Dissolved Air Filtration (DAF): Solids are captured from waste water and sent to a processing facility to be used in the production of biodiesel.