Environmental Performance: 2011 Highlights

 
   Energy & Emissions
 

  • ADM committed to achieving, by 2020, 15 percent reductions in energy use and emissions from 2010 levels on a per-unit-of-production basis.
     
  • The company continued to make progress toward reducing emissions at major U.S. processing plants as part of a 2003 agreement with the U.S. government and several state governments. ADM’s corn processing facilities reduced energy use 41 percent on a per-unit-of-production basis between 2001 and 2011, while criteria emissions – including those of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide – have fallen 70 percent since 2002, largely through reductions in VOC emissions.
     
  • The company’s global oilseed crushing and refining operations reduced energy use by 4 percent in both 2010 and 2011, for a total savings of about 1 million megawatt hours.
     
  • We continued to advance the development and implementation of a global Environmental Management System and a complementary Environmental Management Information System. When fully implemented, these systems will enhance ADM’s environmental management, risk mitigation, and stewardship programs. In addition, a component of these systems will enable the company to monitor, track and report companywide energy and emissions performance.
     
  • ADM continued to help advance two major U.S. carbon capture and sequestration research and demonstration projects at our Decatur, Illinois, corn processing complex. 

   Water
 

  • ADM committed to achieving, by 2020, a 15 percent reduction in water use from 2010 levels on a per-unit-of-production basis.
     
  • The company finished collecting one full year of water consumption and discharge data from the approximately 120 plants responsible for up to 99 percent of ADM’s overall water use.
     
  • Once this data is verified and validated, it will be used to develop water-management plans for each of these facilities — plans designed to enable the company to reach its 2020 target.

   Waste Management
 

  • ADM committed to achieving, by 2020, a 15 percent reduction in waste from 2010 levels on a per-unit-of-production basis.
     
  • The company completed a year-long project at eight North American processing facilities to assess the effectiveness of a new waste-management standard. The results will enable ADM to refine and implement a global standard by the end of the 2012 fiscal year.


2011 Corporate
Responsibility Report
 

 
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Ontario Toxics
Reductions Act
 
ADM is in compliance with the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act of 2009 and makes summary information regarding ADM's Toxics Reductions Reports and Plan Summaries publicly available on our website.
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