Frozen food major Nomad Foods has today (9 September) announced its internal decarbonisation targets that sit in line with the UN’s Race to Zero campaign – seeking to curb global emissions and accelerate a zero-carbon policy from businesses, cities and regions.
Among Nomad’s latest targets, the giant will reduce Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (power-related) and Scope 3 (indirect) emissions throughout its supply chains, including in transportation and distribution of its goods. To achieve this, the group will be working to support and develop carbon-reducing strategies for 75% of its most-emitting suppliers, representing a 45% carbon reduction per ton of product produced as compared to 2019 levels.
The group is Europe’s largest frozen food producer, and has stepped up its decarbonisation efforts in the past few years. The major is currently on track to reach 100% renewable electricity across all factories by October 2021, and saw a more than 20% reduction in CO2 emissions in its finished goods supply chain in 2021. The latest targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and follow on from its ‘Eating for the Planet’ sustainability strategy released last year.
“We want to ensure that when consumers choose our products it’s a positive choice for them and for the planet,” says Stéfan Descheemaeker, Nomad Foods’ CEO. “As attention focuses on the COP 26 Climate Change Conference in November, we must all step up to the challenge of delivering a net-zero economy. We are excited that the SBTi has validated our emission reduction targets and as we commit to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and the UN’s Race to Zero we recognise that we cannot succeed on our own.”
“We have a diverse supply chain that spans from fisheries to farming and accounts for almost 80% of our greenhouse gas emissions. I’m very proud of the work we are doing to collaborate with suppliers and deliver the wider change needed to help consumers eat sustainably,” he adds.
In similar news, SBTi yesterday announced it had approved climate targets for accounting major PwC, which has set its sights on net-zero emissions by 2030.