GHG Emissions, Industrial - April 19, 2019
General Mills lowers GHG emissions
General Mills' greenhouse gas emissions footprint decreased 13% in 2018 compared to 2010, across its value chain in the areas of agriculture, packaging, producing, shipping, converting, selling and consuming. The company's GHG emissions fell 4% in 2018 versus 2017, while net sales increased by 1%.
These results were announced as part of the release of the General Mills 2019 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company's approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates. "We know that food plays a central role in people's lives and has a profound impact on the environment and communities worldwide," said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills. "Serving the world as a food company requires innovation at every level, from how we source ingredients and make our food, to how we engage with consumers, our employees, and other stakeholders."
The report noted that the 13% GHG emissions decline occurred as net sales rose 6% during that period, explaining, “This reflects sales of lower GHG emissions-intensive products, as well as improved efficiency in manufacturing and logistics.”
The company previously announced a 2025 goal to reduce absolute GHG emissions across their full value chain by 28%. The report stated, “Only 10 percent of our greenhouse gas footprint is from our own operations, so we’ve set a goal to look beyond our walls and reduce absolute GHG emissions across our full value chain by 28 percent by 2025 (compared to 2010). Our longer-term goal is to achieve sustainable emission levels in line with scientific consensus by 2050.
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