Natural Resource Efficiency
We monitor our resource usage and measure our efficiencies, while adopting industry best practices in energy and water management.
The total energy consumption across all our plants increased by 13% from the previous year. Despite this, we were able to bring down our energy intensity by 3% in 2018. Energy intensity is a measure of our efficiency, and it denotes how much energy we have consumed for every tonnage of products we have produced.
On the other hand, our water consumption increased in 2018 by 11% compared to 2017, due to higher operational requirements. Nonetheless, our water intensity improved by 5% this year. This means that we consumed 5% less water for every tonnage of product we have manufactured. We seek to continually improve our water efficiency, as we have in the last three years.
The energy we utilize in our operations have accompanying greenhouse gas generation. The fuel we directly burn in our plants to manufacture our products represents our Scope 1 emissions. The electricity we use to light up our facilities and offices comprises our Scope 2 emissions. In 2018, our total Scope 1 and 2 emissions increased by 13% compared to 20171. However, we were able to maintain our GHG intensity at about a tonne of carbon emitted per tonne of product manufactured for both years.
Our tuna business had started to use renewable energy through solar panels mounted in its warehouses. For the last three years, we have generated a total of 236,619 kWh of electricity from our solar panels, avoiding about 184 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Minimizing Food Waste
In order to minimize food waste in our operations, we fully utilize the raw materials that we use in our Tuna, Sardines and Coconut production lines.
The fish waste from our Tuna and Sardines business segments comprise of the innards, fish heads, and tails that are not included in the final product. We further process and convert them into fish meal. About 18,000 tons of fish meal amounting to Php 624 million was sold in 2018. A total of 18,300 tons of protein was recovered from processing tuna and sardines fish meal.
Our Coconut segment has diversified into utilizing all components of our raw materials. From initially producing coconut water only in 2013, we started recovering virgin coconut oil (VCO) in 2015, selling them in bulk and retail. We also expanded into coconut meat and coconut milk. Desiccated coconut are also processed into coconut flour, which can be a raw material for VCO. Lastly, coconut shells are sold to third-party buyers and are processed for copra. These coconut shells can also be used as alternative fuel to coal.
Plastic Neutrality by 2020
Last May 2019, CNPF signed an agreement in push to be “plastic neutral” by 2020. The Company, alongside Republic Cement, has agreed to co-process non-specific, recovered post-consumer plastic waste, offsetting the amount of plastic produced with an equivalent amount of post-consumer plastics and converting these to energy as an alternative fuel in producing cement.
In January 2020, CNPF marked its first year of being “100 percent plastic-neutral”.
To further this goal, we are also implementing other initiatives to minimize our waste, including categorization and measurement.
1Standards used for the computation are based on the GHG Protocol, Corporate Protocol and Reporting Standard. Location-based grid emission factors are based on the Department of Energy (Philippines). The gases reported include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.