Hormel Foods Corporation has announced that it anticipates matching 100% of its domestic energy use with renewable sourcing by the end of 2022. The renewable energy achievement is part of the company’s 20 By 30 Challenge, a set of 20 aggressive environmental and social responsibility goals Hormel Foods is striving to reach by 2030. Through the 20 By 30 Challenge, Hormel Foods is aiming to match 100% of its global energy use with renewable sourcing. The company’s 20 By 30 Challenge ambitions help support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and advance the company’s strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership.
In 2021, the company celebrated the launch of large-scale renewable energy projects, including the Western Trails wind project located in northern Texas, the Caddo wind site in southern Oklahoma and the Haystack wind project located in eastern Nebraska.
In addition, the company completed its newest solar energy project at its Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Montevideo, Minn. The 1.75-megawatt project, which hosts a community solar array, will provide approximately 10% of the plant’s energy needs.
The company’s 20 By 30 Challenge goals follow its previous set of sustainability goals that Hormel Foods focused on as it achieved significant reductions in its packaging, nonrenewable energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and solid waste sent to landfills.