The food industry represents a significant contributor to global emissions and yet is one that could be most impacted by a warming world. Prolonged droughts, changing patterns of precipitation and access to water are likely to impact yields and agricultural production.
While the full consequences of failing to respond effectively are still unknown, the Paris Climate Accord provides a roadmap for climate action. Under this framework, limiting global average temperature increases to well below 2°C (and ideally 1.5°C) above pre-industrial levels is accepted as the best chance for avoiding the worst effects of climate change.
In 2015, we set a target for a 13% reduction in carbon intensity across Scope 1 emissions (direct from energy generation) and Scope 2 emissions (indirect from purchased electricity and heat) by 2020. We are pleased to report that in 2019, our total carbon intensity had reduced by 23% versus our 2013 base year. While we are proud of our achievement to date, we know that as carbon dioxide concentrations continue to rise, we need to do more to help keep global temperature rise below the 2° ceiling.
Our sustainability achievements
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We are determined to play our part and have set our ambition to become a net zero business before 2050. To achieve this goal, we have signed up to a Science Based Target for a 33% reduction in absolute GHG emissions from our operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2030.
To achieve this target we are committing to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources before 2025 and to reduce our energy intensity by 15% over the same period. We will also continue to integrate cleaner and more efficient technologies across our operations.
We know that water availability is inextricably linked to climate change and with growing pressure on this vital resource, we will work to improve our water efficiency by 15% by 2025. We will also continue to place a focus on areas of water risk and ensure that we protect water resources through an ongoing focus on the quality of water leaving our sites.