Helping Smithfield Lower Emissions

December 9, 2016

This week, The Wall Street Journal reported on the upcoming carbon emissions cuts for Smithfield Foods, Inc.   Smithfield Foods Sign

The Virgina-based leading pork producing company plans to cut by a quarter percent in an eight year plan.

BBE Professor Tim Smith and his research group--NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE)--were the researchers hired and responsible for the data crunching which led to Smithfield establishing this emissions cutting initiative. 

"The company [Smithfield Foods, Inc.] hired University of Minnesota [Tim Smith and NiSE] researchers to quantify carbon emissions across Smithfield’s operations. Hog manure contributed the most, as much as 35% of the total. Grain production and processing contributed roughly another quarter, while cooking and refrigeration by customers represent up to another 25%. Transport, slaughtering and power for Smithfield’s plants and buildings make up the remainder." 

Read the full article here, or view the PDF here.

Congratulations Professor Smith and researchers on a successful and impacting research completion!

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