Feb 13, 2024
EPA recognizes Syngenta Louisiana facility as top green power user

A manufacturing facility of global seed and pesticide provider Syngenta Group has been recognized as a top user of green power by the EPA.

Syngenta’s St. Gabriel, Louisiana facility consumes more than 150 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually — equivalent to the annual electricity use of 14,000 U.S. homes, according to a news release. Through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates, the facility demonstrates that it sources 100% of its electrical energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, fully offsetting its electricity consumption from fossil fuel-based sources, according to the release.

Syngenta is the only company within the agricultural sector to be included in EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100, according to the company.

“This list of the largest users of green power across the nation is proof that good business practices can also benefit the environment,” James Critchfield, Green Power Partnership program manager, said in the release. “EPA applauds the leading organizations in the Green Power Partnership’s Top Partner Rankings for their notable commitment to expanding their use of green power and protecting the environment.”

As part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 2030, Syngenta has invested in its production sites worldwide.

In Switzerland, its Monthey production site uses hydropower for a sizeable portion of the site’s electricity needs and generates the equivalent of half its steam consumption by recovering heat from household waste incineration, according to the company. The site was awarded the “Go Carbon Free” label by the Carbon Free Valais Foundation in 2023.

In Brazil, Syngenta’s research and development and manufacturing sites for its crop protection and seeds businesses source 100% of their electricity needs from renewable sources, according to the company. In China, Syngenta’s Kunshan manufacturing site was recognized by Beijing Green Exchange for fully offsetting its carbon emissions generated from its operations.

“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being a leader in the green power market,” Tom Gray, head of Active Ingredient Strategy and Operations at Syngenta Group, said in the release. “The implementation of our global strategy for sourcing renewable electricity is well underway, and we are working hard to decarbonize further and improve the energy efficiency of our operations. We are also collaborating closely with our partners throughout our global supply chain to decrease our entire carbon footprint.”

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