The OSI Group has been doing amazing things with energy – by using a lot less of it.
Earlier this year, OSI Group achieved a remarkable milestone. The company reduced its energy consumption by 20 million kWh since a project to trim energy usage began in June 2013.
As one of the world’s largest meat processing companies with 65 facilities operating in 17 countries around the world, OSI facilities are naturally energy intensive. But that doesn’t mean each plant can’t be sustainable and reduce their collective carbon footprint as much as possible.
In 2013 OSI partnered with Cascade Energy on an effort to reduce the amount of energy used by refrigeration units at the OSI Oakland, Iowa, plant. The result was a cut in energy usage by 10 million kWh. The success of the Oakland experiment led to duplicating the effort in four more facilities, including OSI Chicago-Racine, OSI West Chicago, OSI Geneva in Illinois and OSI West Jordan in Utah.
The result was a total of 20 million kWh saved in three-and-a-half years. That’s the equivalent electricity use for 1,850 homes for a full year. Saving 20 million kWh also prevents the release of 4,056 metric tons of carbon emissions (greenhouse gasses) into the environment. It could also be compared to the equivalent of keeping 2,969 passenger cars off the roads for twelve months.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly operation has become a core value of the OSI Group. To this end, the company has been moving aggressively to adopt pollution-free and renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar-generated power.
Additionally, OSI has been outfitting its processing plants with water-reduction faucets, installing better insulation to conserve energy and adopting sustainable materials when building new plants or remodeling existing structures.
OSI Group prides itself as being among the most environmentally sustainable business operations in the world.