Sustainability

Responsibly fueling and feeding our growing world.

Doing our part for our employees, our communities and our environment.

Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides us in our decision making. This includes how we approach our biorefinery operations to conserve energy and water, support our communities and make products that are truly sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint. We’re dedicated to being proactive in how we identify areas to improve and positively impact our employees, customers and the environment.

View our 2019 Sustainability Data

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Air Quality

At least 95% of key pollutant emissions captured.

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Water Management

Zero process contact water discharge at all of our 11 biorefineries.

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Emissions

43% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per gallon of biofuel compared to a gallon of traditional gasoline. (USDA)

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Feedstock Impacts

100% sourced locally from American farmers.

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Legal & Regulatory

Strong history of compliance.

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Safety

Proven track record of safety and success.

What We're Doing Today

Green Plains has always been focused on building strategic partnerships to provide renewable and sustainable products. As we continue to transform our capabilities and expand our impact each step of the way, this includes:

  • Helping to meet global renewable transportation fuel demand, much of which is driven by state level, federal and foreign climate policies
  • Providing less expensive, renewable biofuel alternatives for consumers in the United States and abroad
  • Meeting the world’s growing dietary demands with high protein, plant-based feeds
  • Utilizing annually renewable crops to reduce the need to feed animals to animals and overfish our oceans
  • Improving the security of the food system with healthier livestock and sustainable aquaculture
  • Reducing the need to deforest land for agricultural purposes by utilizing sustainably-farmed and locally-sourced corn

 

10 Billion

gallons of low-carbon biofuel produced

34.3 MMT

of reduced CO2 emission

43%

lower GHG profile than gasoline

50%

or greater future reduction in GHG emissions

Our Strategic Approach for Tomorrow

In 2019 Green Plains began implementing Project 24, an initiative focused on improving efficiencies and reducing operating costs to 24 cents per gallon at each of our locations. This effort improves our carbon footprint through a reduction in natural gas, electricity and water usage. Using a phased approach, we are implementing these upgrades across our biorefinery platform.

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Our strategy revolves around the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • The SASB framework guides our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration process to identify risks and opportunities and determine how these factors contribute to sustainable long-term shareholder value.
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals allow Green Plains to better understand and align our business impact on stakeholders, communities, the environment and the world.

Global Impact

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Directly support over 700 jobs across the U.S.

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Meet growing global demand for plant-based protein in a sustainable way.

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Engage in robust efforts to clean water and efficiently manage water resources across 11 biorefineries.

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Play a significant role in agricultural economic activity in the U.S. Midwest, including purchasing corn locally and directly from American farmers.

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Drive innovative biorefinery process and product development.

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Meet the world's growing food and dietary protein demands with Ultra-High Protein and plant-based feeds.

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Reduce particulate matter emissions and carbon footprint of liquid fuel vehicles.

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Develop innovative aquaculture diets to reduce overfishing of our oceans.

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Use designated agricultural land in the U.S. and products derived from it, halting deforestation elsewhere while providing Ultra-High Protein, plant-based feeds.

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Our Commitment to Community

Since our founding, Green Plains has been committed to the people and communities we serve. We understand each community where we operate is directly impacted by our actions, and believe it’s our responsibility to be an excellent corporate citizen through sponsorships, charitable donations and volunteerism.

Some examples of the many ways we give back is by partnering with programs that offer agricultural education like FFA and 4-H. We are proud to support organizations whose mission is to help young students strengthen their passion for agriculture through experiences that provide them with the tools to achieve real-world success. We frequently offer our time and provide the resources necessary to help prepare the next generation of agriculturalists for success.

Green Plains does not limit our corporate giving to agriculture. Our charitable arm extends to holding donor drives, collecting clothing, food and toiletry items for those in need as well as sponsoring programs that support food banks.

Another way Green Plains gives back is through our contributions to the American Lung Association, a leading non-profit advocating for healthy lungs and healthy air. As a biofuels producer, we appreciate the fuel we produce is critical in reducing particulate matter and tailpipe emissions which improves the air we all breathe.

Green Plains is a global leader in leveraging innovative technologies to make essential ingredients the world needs.

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