Commercial, GHG Emissions - September 22, 2020
General Mills plans 30% reduction of emissions by 2030
General Mills announced Sept. 21 their plan to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across their entire value chain over the next 10 years.
The consumer foods company is also committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To reach these targets, General Mills previously announced that they are pursuing the increase of regenerative agricultural practices across 1 million acres of land that they source ingredients from by 2030.
“We’re proud to be making this ambitious goal which will take strong leadership and collaboration to drive holistic change,” Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills, said in a statement. “From farmers and suppliers, to where we make our food, to packaging producers and shippers, to retailers, and finally how we get it to our consumers’ tables, each step in our value chain has a critical role to play - that’s how we’ll tackle this to ensure we are doing more and taking bolder actions.”
General Mills also previously committed to sustainably sourcing 100% of their 10 priority ingredients by the end of 2020. During FY 2019, the company had achieved 91% of that goal, which represents about 50% of their total raw material purchases.
While General Mills is now focused on reducing their emissions further by 2030, between 2005 and 2015 they reduced manufacturing emissions 23% while net sales rose 57%. This was mainly achieved through energy efficiency projects like consolidation of operations, improvements to common systems like compressed air, lighting and steam/hot water and the application of RECs from its wind power agreements.