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Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  March 3, 2020

Horizon Organic to go carbon positive by 2025

Horizon Organic has committed to becoming carbon positive by 2025 across its supply chain by first achieving carbon neutrality and then supporting opportunities to remove, reduce and offset additional emissions from being released.

The USDA certified organic dairy brand, owned by Danone, will be partnering with The Carbon Trust to receive certification of the carbon neutrality of their products and their supply chain, including providing support to their sustainable dairy farmers. Their new Growing Years whole milk half gallons will be released by the end of 2021 and will be the brand’s first certified Carbon Neutral product.

Carbon-positive is defined as a company going beyond net-zero emissions to actually remove and offset additional emissions from entering the atmosphere. 

"Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime—we are out of time on this issue—food and farming must evolve," Mariano Lozano, CEO of Danone North America, said in a statement. "This includes helping our farmer partners implement breakthrough regenerative soil practices, cow feed and diet management programs, and energy efficiency. These steps and more will play a significant role in helping Horizon Organic become carbon positive."

Horizon Organic plans to achieve this carbon reduction by implementing on-farm initiatives in energy efficiency, soil regeneration and cow feed and diet management. Additionally, they are pursuing opportunities for reducing emissions in their transportation, distribution and manufacturing processes, while also seeking opportunities for renewables.

To become carbon positive, Horizon Organic will invest in carbon offsets and projects such as restoring prairie lands and forests and will be investing in the development of sequestration technology.

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