General Mills Lowers Emissions by 7%, Adds RE - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Industrial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  April 19, 2024

General Mills Lowers Emissions by 7%, Adds RE

General Mills reduced total value chain emissions by 7% and further reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 12% through 2023 and 51% compared to its 2020 baseline.

The company also achieved 97% of the company’s target to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations by 2030.

The food manufacturer released its first Climate Transition Action Plan, which includes a commitment to lower GHG emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The plan details the company’s integrated approach and evolved decarbonization strategies across four key climate levers: agriculture and ingredients, energy and manufacturing, transportation, and packaging.

General Mills surpassed its 2030 Scope 1 and Scope 2 SBTi goals in 2022 and is driving further reductions across its owned operations. Nearly half of the company’s GHG emissions occur upstream of its direct operations, in agriculture, ingredients and packaging. 

Details were released in its 2024 Global Responsibility Report, detailing progress the company made during its 2023 fiscal year, June 1, 2022, through May 28, 2023. 

“General Mills has a nearly 160-year legacy of standing for good, and we’re proud of the impact we’ve had and committed to continuing that journey,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO, General Mills, in a statement. “When it comes to the products we make, it’s never just a box – it’s a promise that care has been taken in all aspects of making it. That promise extends beyond nutrition and great taste to our efforts to improve farmland soil health, be a responsible employer and contribute meaningfully to our communities.”

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