Cleaner air through trees, technology and taking care

The J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) commitment to cleaner air starts with our forests and continues throughout all of our operations, from our manufacturing facilities to our food plants to our transportation companies. 

From planting millions of trees annually to investing in innovative emission-reducing technologies for our trucking divisions to our award-winning, carbon neutral BioGas facilities for our potato processing plants, we are continuously exploring new ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

JDI pioneered large-scale tree planting in Canada over 50 years ago. Since 1957, we have planted over 960 million trees - a national record in Canada. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen back into the air, so our forests play a vital role in the reduction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. A recent study by Dr. Chris Hennigar of UNB confirms JDI forests will absorb 92 million tonnes of CO2 over the next 50 years. Read more here.

Our investment in BioGas technology was a first for the potato industry in North America, converting solid waste material from Cavendish's french fry production and converting it into energy for their plants, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25%.

For more in-depth information on JDI's clean air initiatives, see the research and publications, newsroom and awards below.