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Environmental - Progress Toward 15x20 Targets
Being good stewards of the environment is part of ADM’s value of respect. ADM uses natural resources in manufacturing, storage and distribution, including electricity, water, fuel and raw materials. We also generate waste and have chemical storage onsite at many of our facilities. As a company, we are committed to meeting our environmental obligations, while pursuing ways to continually improve our efforts in both protecting the environment and enhancing environmental sustainability.

A key component of ADM’s business strategy is to drive operational efficiencies, largely through improvements in energy-consumption, process technology, maintenance and other areas.

15% by 2020 = Targeted reductions in energy and emissions intensity ADM seeks to achieve from 2010 baseline levels.

15% by 2018 = Targeted reduction in water intensity ADM seeks to achieve from its 2008 baseline level.

From 2008 to 2015, ADM succeeded in surpassing its water and energy intensity targets and making significant progress toward its emissions goal. To learn more about specific efforts, please visit the sections listed below.


Environmental Management System, Information System Rollout Moves Ahead

= Number of environmental tasks closed on time in 2015 using the company’s Environmental Management Information System (EMIS). When expanded to include quality, safety and industrial risk tasks, that number grows to over 41,300.

ADM implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) across all of its U.S.-based operating businesses in 2014. Work continued in 2015 to support the EMS in those facilities and extend the implementation to locations outside of North America and additional facilities acquired during the year. The EMS launched in South America at our Oilseeds processing facilities in Brazil, with additional efforts underway to bring the remaining processing, silo and port facilities online in 2016. Implementation also continues across our businesses in Europe and India, and soon will begin in Asia and Africa. As ADM continues to pursue growth globally, the EMS will be an essential part of our overall approach to operations management.

Likewise, the key compliance modules of our award-winning EMIS – formally known as GEMINI – have been fully implemented globally and are becoming essential tools for our locations to help ensure compliance with environmental requirements. Following the successful deployment of task and compliance manager modules, the company is moving forward with implementation of media modules to enable standardized data tracking, calculation and streamlining of air, water, waste and chemical inventory data. These advances will enable ADM locations to integrate environmental reporting into their operations and meet company and regulatory requirements more efficiently.

Energy: Reducing Usage on a Per-Unit-of-Production Basis

= Energy intensity reduction achieved since our 2010 baseline.

As of December 31, 2015, ADM’s global footprint comprised more than 300 ingredient-manufacturing facilities, more than 460 crop-origination facilities, 40 innovation centers and a vast global transportation network consisting of approximately 2,000 owned barges, 13,400 railcars, 200 trucks, 1,300 trailers and 10 oceangoing vessels.

$55.8 million = Energy-related savings achieved in 2015 as a result of more than 300 energy projects implemented by ADM. Those projects include:

  • 166 projects in our Corn Division that produced annual energy savings of $34.6 million or 2.5 million Megawatt hours (MWh).
  • 142 projects in our Oilseeds Division that produced annual energy savings of $20.8 million or 315,000 MWh.
  • 6 projects in our Agricultural Services Division that produced an estimated annual energy savings of $405,000 or 6,300 MWh.

Since 2011, we have implemented hundreds of energy-saving projects at our plants in areas ranging from pump and fan operations to exhaust heat recovery, process controls optimization and improved data-management. These projects, resulting in reduced electricity purchases, coupled with changes in the fuel we use at several large ADM facilities, have enabled us to achieve significant improvement in energy-intensity – the ratio of energy consumption to production volumes in our plants – since 2010.

As we are currently ahead of our goal of a 15 percent reduction in energy per unit of production by 2020, our focus going forward will be on sustaining and building upon the progress we already have achieved.

Emissions: Reducing Output on a Per-Unit-of-Production Basis

11 %
= Reduction in emissions intensity achieved since our 2010 baseline.

From 2010 to 2015, thanks to a companywide focus on energy-efficiency, ADM succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions intensity – the ratio of emissions to production volumes in our plants – by 11 percent. Emissions from ADM processing operations are primarily a function of energy use and the type of fuel we use to power our operations. As we continue implementing energy efficiency projects in our pipeline, we expect intensity to continue to decline at a rate that will enable us to surpass our goal of 15 percent improvement by 2020.

Water: Innovative Efficiency Projects Improve Results

= Decline in ADM’s water consumption on a per-unit-of-production basis from 2008 to 2015 thanks to aggressive implementation of water reuse systems, investments in high-efficiency equipment, and operational improvements in boilers and cooling-tower systems.

In 2015, ADM’s teams once again demonstrated our commitment to innovation and efficiency by making progress on a variety of effective conservation initiatives, including:

  • The introduction of a state-of-the-art, high-recovery reverse osmosis water treatment unit at our facility in Lubbock, Texas. A second, much larger unit currently is under construction for use at our facility in Decatur, Illinois.
  • The launch of a very successful closed-loop wastewater reuse pilot project at our plant in Frankfort, Indiana. We are in the process of evaluating opportunities to deploy the process full-scale throughout the Oilseeds Division.
  • The completion of a months-long wastewater recycle pilot project at our plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which uncovered several water-savings opportunities.

These efforts demonstrate how ADM was able to surpass its water intensity improvement target ahead of our 2018 goal. Going forward, we will continue implementing efficiency projects worldwide with a goal of achieving further improvements.

Reducing Waste to Landfills

As we work toward a companywide tracking system for our waste streams, we have several ongoing projects designed to reduce our output at many of our worldwide facilities. Most notably, a successful pilot project at our Columbus corn plant in Nebraska demonstrated that, by capitalizing on waste reduction and recycling opportunities, reducing the ratio of waste going to landfills to less than 15 percent is achievable. We look forward to expanding best practices from this pilot to other facilities in the future.


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