Environmental, Social & Governance

JBT - Environmental

Our mission: Making better use of the world’s precious resources by providing solutions that substantially enhance our customers’ success.

Our FoodTech business is driven to help the world’s food producers provide healthy food, in a safe and efficient manner. Meanwhile, consumption grows worldwide and consumer preferences and tastes evolve. We are all participants in the food supply chain, with ambitious goals to ensure this growth is managed with the least food waste.

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, one-third of food produced for human consumption is wasted globally across the supply chain, contributing eight percent of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to global warming, after the United States and China.2

We believe reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to reverse global warming, and at the same time possibly feed more people, increase economic benefits and preserve threatened ecosystems.

FoodTech is part of the solution.

Our AeroTech business is driven to support the air transportation industry, particularly as it continues to strive for more electric and alternative fuel vehicles and operations.

We believe our greatest contribution to mitigating climate-related risks, as well as our abilities to capitalize on climate-related opportunities, are at the heart of our mission and strategy to provide the smartest solutions to the food and air transportation industries.

Environmental Impact of Our Products

Our portfolio of equipment and services also provides a beneficial environmental impact for our customers.

JBT - ESG Product Revenue

Learn more about our product offerings in these categories:

Water Conservation Equipment

Our water re-use equipment is becoming increasingly valuable and can help conserve large amounts of water for our food processing customers. For example, a poultry processing line working through 1,200 birds-per-hour could save one gallon per bird processed equating to 48 million gallons per year in total savings for just that one line of production.

We steam or blanch fruits and vegetables to inactivate microorganisms and enzymes responsible for oxidation and browning, making the product less desirable. Our equipment saves up to 90% of the steam as compared to existing technologies that are not as efficient or controlled as our machine.

Prime LFS-112 Screen
Water Re-Use Equipment
Prime LFS Torpedo
Water Re-Use Equipment
FTNON Steamer
Food Steamer

Products that can Help Reduce GHG Emissions

We supply products that air-condition and power parked airplanes allowing aircraft to shut off their jet-engine powered generators. Typical aircraft power units consume 30 gallons of jet fuel for every hour of ground operation. With our all-electric equipment, this use of natural resources can be greatly reduced, saving our customers an estimated 350 million gallons of jet fuel every year in North America alone.

JBT Jetpower 4
Ground Power Unit
JBT JetAire M60
Pre-conditioned Air Unit

We are also working to expand our offerings of electric and alternative energy vehicles and support products in lieu of those that use traditional fuel. Our goal is to increase electric powered sales from less than 5% of total vehicle sales in 2020 to 30% by 2023. 

Commander 15i Electric - Blue
Electric Powered Cargo Loader
Commander 15i Electric - Blue
LEKTRO Tow Tractor

Achieving our goal will require new vehicles. We have plans to value engineer current electric vehicles, and design new alternative energy vehicles including hydrogen powered loaders and lithium ion battery options which will result in the roll-out of five new products.

Our automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) offer significant benefits as compared to traditional forklifts, including less fuel consumption due to battery power, as well as enhanced safety versus human operators. With many different types of AGVs, they can be used across many different industries, such as automotive, food and beverage, or health care for countless applications.

JBT Counterbalance AGV
Automatic Guided Vehicle

Non-Food Waste Reduction

JBT is a large supplier of cooking equipment, including fryers. A new initiative designed to continuously filter fry oil during operation helps reduce the frequency of oil replacement, resulting in longer-lasting oil and less oil waste.

Our tray sealing equipment is an ideal packaging solution to minimize food waste, extend product shelf-life and preserve quality while reducing packaging materials by up to 45% when compared to some other packaging formats. They drive efficiency and encourage the use of the most viable, sustainable packaging.

Hot Oil Filter
Proseal GT1s
Tray Sealing Equipment
Proseal Halopack
Efficient Packaging Solution

Food Waste Reduction Tools

The use of our freezers plays a big role in reducing food waste. By freezing food, it stays fresh longer and provides more time for the consumer to enjoy it before it reaches its expiration date and needs to be thrown out. We believe it is essential to continue innovating and deploying food and beverage preservation solutions as it has been proven that frozen foods, ambient shelf-stable foods, and extended shelf-life refrigerated foods all help to reduce waste and create a more secure global food system.

“Your product makes our product. As freezer technology has improved, so has our product. Every 15% of water retention generates three months of shelf life.”

– JBT FoodTech Customer

Another way we seek to reduce food waste is through our x-ray machines. By detecting bone or foreign particles in food prior to distribution, we can reduce the number of food recalls and subsequently wasted, unusable food.

Frigoscandia GC70
JBT XVision FlexScan
X-Ray Machine

Equipment Recycling

Rather than replacing a piece of equipment with a brand new one, we provide retrofits and refurbishments to accommodate changing operational requirements.

Energy Use Optimization and Product Safety

While we aren’t reporting metrics for our equipment that optimizes energy use or provides safety benefits to those utilizing our products, they are of the utmost importance to JBT.  These considerations are part of our value proposition and always included in ongoing design processes and thereby difficult to track separately.

JBT Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer 1
Heat Recovery System

For example, we have a heat recovery system as an upgrade to some of our sterilizer equipment that can deliver a reduction in steam usage of up to 40%, decreasing the overall thermal load of the cooling tower, resulting in substantial energy savings. In fact, the system offers such a high return on investment, the payback is two – three years based solely on cost savings from our steam reduction technology.

GM 10000 Tectru white
Poultry Processing Equipment

Chicken or turkey gizzard processing can be a great profit source for our customers, but doing it right has its challenges, both in terms of labor and worker safety. Our innovative equipment improves worker safety by eliminating access to potentially dangerous equipment and re-deploys gizzard labor elsewhere in the plant. This process can also increase yield and improve quality since gizzards are not re-worked unnecessarily.

Emission Reduction in Our Operations

The biggest opportunity for energy conservation at JBT is to reduce overall electricity consumption.  Electricity accounts for the greatest energy cost and the majority of our indirect CO2 emissions.  The second biggest cost and direct CO2 impact is natural gas and fuel oil consumption. In 2010, JBT set a goal to reduce energy intensity by 25% by the year 2020 through a partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program. We met our goal in 2019, reducing our energy intensity in our U.S. operations by 31% and globally by 28%.

JBT - ESG Energy Types
This data represents the majority of our largest operating facilities. More details on our environmental performance can be found in our Global Environmental Data Summary.

A focus of our efforts in the coming year will be to centralize tracking of environmental metrics related to energy and water.  While we have historically tracked this data at a facility level, disparate systems have made it challenging to gather and report this information at an enterprise level.  We will be rolling out the use of a third-party data management system to assist us with this effort in 2021.

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