CPF pledges to make products based on Circular Economy principle

Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) set to increase ration of renewable energy and promote sustainability in its value chain in line with the Circular Economy principle and the UN's sustainable development goals.
calendar icon 9 June 2020
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Mr Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, Senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development of Charoen Pokphand Foods, said the company has adopted the Circular Economy principle to optimise resource use efficiency.

Mr Wuthichai Sithipreedanant leads CPF's corporate social responsibility and sustainable development efforts
Mr Wuthichai Sithipreedanant leads CPF's corporate social responsibility and sustainable development efforts

He added that CPF has proactively looked for solutions to reduce food loss and food waste generated in its business and to increase energy and water consumption efficiency as well as using more renewable energy and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it has continuously reduced the use of single-use plastic throughout our value chain and taken efforts to design environmental-friendly food packaging.

“As a leading food producer, CPF places importance to safe and eco-friendly production,” said Mr Wuthichai, “Balance of human life is closely linked to the balance of nature. People cannot live in sustainable prosperity without nature's abundant resources. Therefore, we must take care of the environment as we take care of ourselves,”

In order to take part in the fight against the global plastic waste crisis, CPF is committed to contributing to solving the plastic waste problems and optimising the use of resources and by developing a sustainable plastic packaging lifecycle. Currently, 100 percent of CPF’s plastic packages are reusable and recyclable.

The company implements a range of projects and initiatives to support its determination to reduce food loss and food waste in the food production supply chain. CPF has a plan to start collecting such data from 2020 onward.

The data collection methodology will be adopted from that of the FAO, using broilers as the pilot unit to provide the best practice, which will later implement in other business units and establish a policy framework to minimise food loss and food waste.

CPF's new biogas facility
CPF's new biogas facility

Mr Wuthichai added that the company is committed to reducing environmental impacts resulted from climate change throughout our value chain by promoting renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.

Currently, Renewable energy ratio is at 26 percent of the total energy consumption. Biomass from waste materials eg scrap wood, sawdust and corn cob, is being used in livestock feed businesses as fuels for steam boilers to replace coal. Moreover, the company aims to be a coal free operation by 2022.

All of CPF’s swine farms have transformed wastewater and manure through the water treatment system into biogas to generate electricity used on the farms.

The practice has been expanded to our operations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

For Solar Power, twenty-four of feed mills, food processing plants, ready-to-eat production plants, and distribution centres have installed solar rooftops to generate electricity for production process.

The total electricity generation capacity is 15 Megawatt. The solar rooftops are expected to be fully operated by 2020.

On environmental conservation, CPF in collaboration with the Royal Forest Department and local communities have conserved, restored and reforested the area around Khao Phraya Doen Tong of Lopburi Province covering the area of 5,971 rai, absorbing 39,690 tons of CO2e per year.

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