We commit to formalizing an environmental management system to support our goal of utilizing natural resources, such as energy and water, more efficiently and reducing our emissions and waste generation.
All our manufacturing facilities are compliant with applicable environmental regulations. We regularly conduct internal environmental audits to ensure this compliance. Similarly, our manufacturing facilities are subject to annual external environmental audits by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
If needed, corrective actions are immediately implemented for continuous compliance with environmental regulations. We also regularly study and examine the means by which we can further improve our environmental management system and our use of various environmental resources. These include training and awareness programs for our employees as well as the necessary communications to address any environmental management issues.
Senior management, more specifically our plant business unit heads, hold responsibility for these environmental issues. A governance structure is also in place at the plant level, with assigned roles and responsibilities, to ensure that environmental issues or concerns are addressed.
To stay abreast of environmental issues, we will consult with stakeholders regularly and take action when material environmental concerns arise. We will also work on increasing the environmental awareness of our stakeholders for the benefit of the communities, the Company, and the planet.
We will keep stakeholders updated on our environmental performance as well as on developments regarding environmental issues through our succeeding sustainability reports which will be published annually.
We are working towards formalizing these commitments via an environmental policy to be approved by senior management as we aim to successfully manage our impact to the environment.
Natural Resource Efficiency
CNPF strives to improve its efficiency in utilizing resources by adopting industry best practices in energy and water management as well as closely monitoring usage to ensure we are attending to our sustainability commitments while fulfilling business requirements.
The total energy consumption across all our plants decreased by 5% in 2019. Our energy intensity, an efficiency metric measuring how much energy we consumed for every tonnage of products produced, consequently went down by 14%.
On the other hand, our water consumption increased in 2019 by 6% due to higher operational requirements. Nonetheless, our water intensity improved by 4% as we consumed less water for every tonnage of product we manufactured.
2Water consumption is in million cubic meters, while water intensity is in cubic meters per ton product. Figures have been restated from our first sustainability report as we continue to assess our data collection process to more accurately present our performance.
Environmental Impact Management
We manage our use of natural resources to control the impact of our operations on the environment. This includes the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) generated by the energy we utilize. The fuel that we directly burn in our manufacturing facilities represents our Scope 1 emissions, while the electricity we use to light up our facilities and offices refers to our Scope 2 emissions.
In 2019, our total Scope 1 and 2 emissions increased by 21%, with our GHG intensity slightly up.
We have generated 325,357 kilowatt hours of electricity through solar power. By utilizing renewable energy, we have been able to avoid about 254 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions since the solar panels were installed in 2016.
3Standards used for the computation are based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Protocol and Reporting Standard. Location-based grid emission factors are based on the Philippine Department of Energy. The gases reported include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. GHG emission is in tons CO2e, while GHG intensity is in ton of carbon emitted per ton product. Figures have been restated from our first sustainability report as we continue to assess our data collection process to more accurately present our performance.
As greenhouse gas can also come from wasted food production, we strive to minimize food waste in our operations by fully utilizing the raw materials used in our tuna, sardines, and coconut production lines.
The fish waste from our tuna and sardines business segments, consisting of heads, tails, and innards which are not included in the final product, are further processed into commercially sold fish meal. We sold around 18 million kilograms of fish meal in 2019, allowing us to recover about 10 million kilograms of protein.
Our coconut business segment likewise exhausts all possible uses of coconuts. We have diversified our product lineup from coconut water, also utilizing coconut meat to manufacture virgin coconut oil, desiccated coconut flour, coconut milk, and coconut cream. The remaining coconut shells are sold to third-party buyers and processed into copra, and can also be used as alternative fuel to coal.
While we sustain our efforts in managing our food waste, we are looking for more ways to reduce our non-food waste, especially those that would contribute in addressing the worsening plastic waste problem in the Philippines and around the world.
We partnered with Republic Cement in May 2019 to co-process non-specific, recovered post-consumer plastic waste with the goal of becoming plastic neutral. Co-processing converts these plastic wastes into energy, replacing coal as alternative fuel in cement production. This results in less carbon dioxide emissions that are detrimental to the environment. From this partnership, Republic Cement was able to displace 2,248 metric tons of fossil fuel, while CNPF was able to achieve its first year of being 100% plastic neutral in January 2020.
Overall, we are taking steps to minimize our non-food waste across the board by categorizing and measuring them.