Heinz Looks to Reuse Potato Peels, Improve Resource Use to Cut Emissions

Heinz Looks to Reuse Potato Peels, Improve Resource Use to Cut Emissions

The H.J. Heinz Company has declared plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2015, and has identified a number of areas in its operations to improve to meet that goal.

Along with reducing energy consumption by 20 percent through efficiencies, Heinz plans to have 15 percent of its energy come from renewable sources.

The company aims to reduce transportation by 10 percent through improving distribution patterns, using fuller truckloads, more direct routes and sending shipments by rail.

Heinz also aims to reduce packaging by 15 percent, water use by 20 percent and solid waste by 20 percent. In its agricultural operations, it plans a 15 percent reduction in carbon emissions, 15 percent reduction in water and five percent improvement in yields by using hybrid tomato seeds that require less water, fertilizers and pesticides.

Various facilities are developing or have such sustainability programs in place. Heinz's Ontario, Ore., facility is working on a program to turn potato peels into biofuels as well as treat and reuse 90 percent of the water for potato production.

And while a Fremont, Ohio, facility is working on reducing solid waste by 10 percent, the company's Dundalk, Ireland, facility recycles 95 percent of its plastic and 99 percent of its cardboard, wood and steel.