Presentation on theme: "Environmental Sustainability: Recycling Through Rendering Randall C. Stuewe, CEO – Darling International Inc. January 27, 2009 2009 Animal Agriculture."— Presentation transcript:
Environmental Sustainability: Recycling Through Rendering Randall C. Stuewe, CEO – Darling International Inc. January 27, 2009 2009 Animal Agriculture Environmental Sustainability Summit
2 Rendering is Recycling Sustainable solution: If not recycled, the large amounts of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus present in inedible animal by-products may contribute to global warming, soil loading and water contamination. Our facilities utilize world-class processing equipment, treatment processes and control equipment to minimize the discharge impact on the local environs’ air and water.
3 Rendering Provides Sustainable Solution Animal and food by-product recycling industry is “mission critical” in the food supply chain and is the most efficient and environmentally sound disposal alternative for a sustainable society. Over 54 billion pounds of inedible by-products generated annually from meat packers, poultry processors and retail food stores. Source: NRA/Harvard Risk Assessment
5 Rendering Protects Human & Animal Health Industry safely and responsibly sanitizes and recycles more than 54 billion pounds of inedible materials generated each year by the animal production and meat industries. Rendering offers a sanitary and eco-friendly way to dispose of the massive amount of meat and food by-products produced every year. Such materials spoil easily and make an excellent media for pathogens to grow and multiply. Temperatures (> 250 ° F) used during processing are more than adequate to kill conventional disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (most meats are cooked to 150 ° -180 ° F before serving).
6 Composting - Volume would fill 10,000 new Dallas Cowboy stadiums per year Landfill – Volume would reduce existing US landfill space by 25% per year and increase GHG emissions Incineration – Cost prohibitive and has air quality issues Burial – Potential for ground and surface water contamination Abandonment –Greatest threat to environment and human/animal health Without grease collections –municipal sewers would become occluded and cost $millions to clean Essential “Gate Keeper” for People & Planet Without rendering…. critical issues using other methods of disposal:
Rendering is an Essential & Environmental Solution Sustains the livestock, poultry, meats and restaurant industries Protects the environment Prevents water contamination Reduces greenhouse gas production (methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions) Reduces soil loading with phosphorus and nitrogen Compared to other disposal methods, reduces discharges of particulates, SOx, dioxins and hydrogen sulfide Protects human and animal health Kills conventional pathogens Prevents the spread of infectious diseases Protects surface and groundwater from pathogens 7
Some pre-market death loss is an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of animal production Rendering provides the infrastructure to safely address routine animal mortalities in most areas of the US Pre-planning to assure the US has an adequate infrastructure to address potential losses from natural or man-made catastrophic events is important Improper disposal of on-farm and catastrophic mortalities presents significant environmental and health-related challenges 8 Rendering Protects Human & Animal Health SpecieMortalities (lbs per yr) Cattle1,932,190,000 Swine981,655,000 Sheep64,106,000 Poultry346,630,000 Total3,324,570,000
NRA Member Rendering Facilities in the United States Independent facilities Captive – packer renderers
Green Impact Industry Carbon Footprint Recycling fat and protein significantly reduces the amount of greenhouse gases, such as CO 2, that is released into the environment as compared to alternative disposal methods, such as burial, incineration or dumping into already overflowing landfills. ItemAverage PlantIndustry CO 2 equivalents recycled, metric tons/year233,74073,807,000 For approximately each metric ton of CO 2 released by an average rendering plant, more than 11 tons of CO 2 are removed from the environment through recycling versus other disposal methods. Greenhouse gas reduction strategyAverage plantIndustry Number of cars taken off the road per year42,81013,517,766 Seedling trees planted per year5,993,3331,892,487,177 Tons of garbage diverted from landfills per year80,60024,450,690 According to the US-EPA, the CO 2 an average rendering facility recycles each year is equivalent to the following actions taken to reduce greenhouse gases:
Restaurant Services Trap Services SUSTAINABILITY Meat processing Animal Production Animal Slaughter Meat byproducts Feed ingredients Feed safety programs Animal health Recycling Services Municipal Infrastructure Rendering’s Cycle of Sustainability Darling and the rendering industry have been the gatekeepers of food safety and the environment for decades, offering a sanitary and eco-friendly way to dispose of the massive amount of meat and food by-products produced every year. Rendering Biofuel Restaurants
12 Rendered Products are a Sustainable Fuel Fuels produced from bio-mass or non-petroleum sources Technology is rapidly evolving - Bio-diesel (methyl ester) vs. Green diesel (hydro-treating) Animal fats and greases have been slow to be incorporated Limited food impact (Food vs. Fuel) RFS will encourage incorporation EIA World Energy Consumption – 2004 distillate fuel. Source: National Biodiesel Board.
Rendering … 13 MISSION CRITICAL, NECESSARY, ESSENTIAL and SUSTAINABLE