January 15, 2024


Smithfield Foods' North Carolina, US facility recognised for exceeding environmental compliance




The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality recognised Smithfield Foods' Tar Heel, North Carolina, US pork-processing facility as a Rising Environmental Steward for its continuing commitment to exceeding compliance with environmental regulations and maintaining a high standard of environmental excellence.


"Smithfield has prioritised environmental stewardship and transparent reporting for more than two decades," said Stewart Leeth, chief sustainability officer of Smithfield Foods. "This recognition from NCDEQ reflects the strength of our environmental programmes in North Carolina and our commitment to enhancing and protecting the state's natural resources above and beyond what is required by law."


NCDEQ's Environmental Stewardship Initiative recognises and supports companies and facilities that go above and beyond to reduce their impact on the environment. The Rising Environmental Steward designation is for organisations that have a mature environmental management system and measurable environmental performance goals.


Smithfield's Tar Heel facility has been recognised as an environmental leader under the Environmental Stewardship Initiative for the past 21 years and became a Rising Steward in 2005. The facility's wastewater treatment system produces renewable natural gas that provides power to the processing plant and more than 2,000 local homes and businesses.


Tar Heel's reuse and reclaimed water systems send approximately one million gallons of water per day back to the refrigeration system and outdoor washdown hoses to significantly decrease the facility's use of potable water.


Smithfield's Clinton, North Carolina facility has been recognised for environmental performance under the programme since 2004 and is also a Rising Environmental Steward. Additionally, the company's facility in Wilson, North Carolina, has been recognised since 2005 and has been named a Steward, NCDEQ's elite designation for organisations displaying a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by law.


Smithfield was the first US agriculture livestock company to achieve ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system, in 2001. The company was also the first in its industry to announce an absolute greenhouse gas emission-reduction goal and first to commit to becoming carbon negative in all US company-owned operations by 2030.


- PRNewswire

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