Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has become the world’s first food company to be carbon neutral. It has recognized why there’s an urgent need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to zero. And has declared taking a massive step on its sustainability journey to becoming carbon neutral.
Urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading producer of meat and plant proteins in North America. It has acknowledged the influence of the global food system on the environment. And its current announcement highlights the urgent need for transformative change to lower global greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
The company’s path to becoming carbon neutral is based on an aggressive reduction in emissions by meeting the gold standard of widely respected Science-Based Targets. These targets associate global greenhouse gas emission reductions with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
In doing so, the Maple Leaf becomes one of the world’s three animal protein companies to set Science Based Targets, endorsed by the international Science Based Target Initiative.
Michael McCain is the company’s President and CEO. He said that there’s simply no more time to waste. The devastating influence of climate change on the planet must be tackled head-on by business leaders with immediate and decisive action.
There’s a need for a dramatic change in the global food system to sustainably feed the world’s growing population.
The company acknowledges the need for vital planetary resources to produce nutrient-dense foods. So, is risking its future for being carbon neutral today and going forward every day.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
The company has made notable progress towards its objective to lower its environmental footprint by 50% by 2025, which is an aggressive environmental target in the industry.
Since 2015, the Maple Leaf has lowered over 86 million-kilowatt hours of electricity that is nearly equal to 12,912 passenger vehicles driven for one year. Moreover, the company has also reduced more than 4.3 million m3 of natural gas, which is equal to annual energy usage for 1,000 homes.
Additionally, through the water conservation efforts, Maple Leaf has lowered water usage by over 1.2 billion liters. And by committing to set Science Based Targets, the company will work even more determinedly to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions across its setups and more broadly within its supply chain.
As part of becoming carbon neutral, the company has also invested in credible and independently verified, high-impact environmental projects all over Canada and the U.S. to address its remaining carbon footprint and bringing it to zero.
These projects support wind energy, composting and biomass programs to reduce methane emissions, recovering methane gas from landfills, and forest protection and re-forestry to protect species and biodiversity.
According to McCain, today’s actions aren’t just limited to being socially responsible but are also about survival. Whereas, the consumers expect political and business leaders to solve these issues and address the extreme consequences of the climate crisis.
The company’s today announcement is a milestone in its vision to be the most sustainable protein company in the world. It demonstrates that both, Science-Based Targets for emissions reduction, and carbon neutrality are achievable and urgent.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is hoping that their actions will inspire businesses and food companies to join them in the critical fight against climate change.