Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - November 23, 2021
Sysco to Reduce Emissions by 2030
Sysco Corporation, a Houston-based foodservice distribution company, announced it has set a climate goal to reduce emissions across its global operations and the company’s entire value chain by 2030.
The company intends to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 27.5% by 2030. Sysco’s Scope 1 and 2 reduction efforts will be achieved in part by electrifying 35% of the company’s U.S. tractor fleet by 2030, equivalent to adding nearly 2,500 electric trucks to its fleet. In addition, the company will source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030.
Sysco will also ensure that suppliers covering 67% of its Scope 3 emissions establish science-based targets by 2026. Partnering with suppliers will be an essential element to achieving its Scope 3 target as they represent the largest emissions reduction opportunities. The company will leverage existing momentum, as nearly half of the targeted Scope 3 emissions relate to suppliers that have already committed to or set science-based targets.
Sysco’s new science-based emissions reduction target aligns with the Paris Agreement and is an integral part of the company’s roadmap to reducing its carbon footprint over the next decade. The company is pursuing validation of the goal by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
“We understand that taking action now on climate change is important to the future of our planet and have developed an actionable, achievable plan with a clear roadmap to meaningfully reduce emissions,” said Neil Russell, Sysco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief communications officer in a statement. “Over time we believe we will be able to do more and are motivated to further our work across the value chain to quicken the pace of innovation and provide a pathway for other companies to participate in climate action.”