Sumary of Pilgrim’s UK talks 2030 net zero ambition: ‘We want to be the most sustainable producer and supplier in the industry’:
- Pilgrim’s UK says its pledge to achieve net zero CO₂ emissions by 2030 will see the company go ‘further and faster’ than any other major company in the sector.
- Indeed, Britain’s biggest provider of higher welfare pork plans on reaching this milestone 10 years ahead of the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) industry-wide goal.
- “We want to go further and faster with our sustainability targets,” according to Matt Dight, Head of Sustainability at Pilgrim’s UK, who told FoodNavigator the company is ‘well-placed to do so’.Ahead of the game While animal agriculture is known to be a significant emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, pork is not the lead offender.
- However, pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world, and as such, producers have an important role to play in reducing environmental impacts.
- Last year, its average pig farm footprint was 2.53kg CO₂e/kg per live weight, which is half the industry average levels of emissions in the pork production process for the UK and Europe.
- In its ‘Pilgrim’s UK 2030’ sustainability strategy – developed in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the business has unveiled steps to reach its net zero goal.Step-by-step Steps include significantly reducing emissions across all sites within the business’ supply chain and continuing to use 100% renewable electricity across its manufacturing sites.
- “Each of our individual sites are working to reduce their carbon emissions to help realise our net zero ambitions,” Dight elaborated.
- While packaging accounts for a much smaller proportion of its carbon footprint, Pilgrim’s UK wants to ensure that any packaging it uses is sustainable and has the minimum impact possible on the environment, we were told.Neutralising emissions The final step unveiled by Pilgrim’s UK, in its effort to achieve net zero within the next decade, is to neutralise all remaining residual GHG emissions using frameworks aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).