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 all of our decision making. Our biorefinery operations are focused on measures to conserve energy and water, support our communities and make products that are truly sustainable to reduce our carbon footprint year after year. We proactively identify areas for improvement and are dedicated to positively impacting our employees, customers and the environment.

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View our 2021 Sustainability Report

View our 2020 Sustainability Report

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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

46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per gallon of biofuel compared to a gallon of traditional gasoline. (USDA). Established goals of 50% GHG reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality from operations by 2050.

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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 expand our capabilities and enhance our impact, 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, cleaner-burning, renewable biofuel alternatives for consumers in the United States and abroad
  • Meeting the world’s growing dietary demands with sustainable high-protein, plant-based feeds that do not impact land use
  • 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

 

11 Billion

gallons of low-carbon biofuel produced

44.7 MMT

of reduced CO2 emission

46%

lower GHG profile than gasoline

70%

or greater future reduction in GHG emissions

Our Strategic Approach for Tomorrow

Green Plains is a founding partner in a Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) project in collaboration with Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a subsidiary of Summit Agricultural Group. This innovative venture puts our sustainable ingredients on a path toward achieving carbon neutrality and helps address the urgent global need for decarbonization.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Details

In 2021, Green Plains finalized Project 24, an initiative focused on improving efficiencies and reducing operating costs across our locations. This effort improved our carbon footprint through a reduction in natural gas, electricity and water usage.

Measuring Our Global Impact

Our strategy revolves around the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • The GRI and SASB frameworks guide 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 SDGs allow Green Plains to better understand and align our business impact on stakeholders, communities, the environment and the world.

Directly supports over 800 jobs across the U.S.

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

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Contributes to global health and safety through production of high-purity alcohol for hand sanitizer and disinfectants.

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

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Provides consumers with less expensive, renewable biofuel alternatives to regular gasoline.

Plays 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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Drives innovative biorefinery process and product development.

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Contributes to the protection of human and labor rights via robust corporate governance policies and procedures.

Meets the world's growing food and dietary protein demands with high-protein and plant-based feeds.

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

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Develops innovative aquaculture diets to reduce overfishing of our oceans.

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Reduces need to further deforest land for agricultural purposes by using locally sourced corn.

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Promotes a fair and just society via enhanced ethics and compliance procedures and oversight and community outreach and consultation.

Engages with strategic partners to deploy advanced agricultural technology and achieve sustainability goals.

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 is our responsibility to be an excellent corporate citizen through sponsorships, charitable donations and volunteerism.

Community Relations Initiatives

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

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