The move is part of its CPF Coal Free 2022 initiative aimed at replacing coal use in its manufacturing activities in Thailand during 2022 with cleaner energy sources such as biomass, biogas, and solar power.
All 12 of the company's livestock feed mills in that market have already stopped using coal for producing steam.
The company outlined how a shift from coal to renewable energy sources will help it achieve energy optimization and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“We strive to efficient use of resources in line with the circular economy approach,” said Peerapong Krinchai, executive VP, corporate engineering and chairperson of the working group on climate change management water and waste at CPF.
Phasing out the use of fossil fuels, he said, will help CPF achieve the goal of a net zero carbon emissions organization it set to support the UN SDGs.
Leveraging solar power
The company pledged to continue to promote farm projects and prototype plants that use renewable energy, such as solar energy, in 2022. It has installed solar rooftops on the roofs of 23 plants and office buildings, and also set up four solar farms, and two solar floating sites.
“Moreover, CP Foods plans to complete more 60 solar rooftops, solar farms and floating solar sites by 2023, generating a total of 43 megawatts of solar power or equivalent to 62 million units of electricity per year. This green energy project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26,000 tons CO2 per year or equivalent to planting 2.8 million trees per year.”