Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced May 19 commitments to reduce water intensity by 10% and achieve a 90% landfill diversion rate by 2035 as part of an aggressive plan to continue to reduce its environmental footprint.
The commitments were announced as part of the company’s Corporate Sustainability Report, which also included updates on ADM’s overall sustainability journey.
“The importance of these commitments becomes even clearer amid an unprecedented challenge such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” ADM chairman and chief executive officer Juan Luciano said. “Companies like ADM are playing a critical role in supporting and maintaining the global food chain, and while we are focused on operating safely and effectively today, we cannot lose sight of tomorrow. Even amid these global challenges, we are continuing our work to ensure that ADM and the natural resources on which we depend remain strong and vital in the years to come.”
Earlier this year, ADM announced plans to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% and energy intensity by 15% during the same time frame. In addition, ADM will develop water reduction plans for high-risk and water-scarce areas.
According to ADM, the new targets align with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and will be achieved through reusing and recycling water and finding alternative uses for waste. They follow ADM’s original “15x20” plan, unveiled in 2011 in which the company committed to per-unit improvements in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste to landfill by 2020. As detailed in its sustainability report, ADM noted that it achieved all of these benchmarks ahead of schedule.
“We know that the health of our natural resources is critical to our future, and that our commitments to sustainable practices will result in a stronger ADM and a better world,” Luciano said. “We are proud to be the go-to sustainable sourcing partner for our customers, and more widely, we are committed to driving change through good practices, progressive solutions and mindful actions that make a positive impact.”