Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - April 20, 2018
General Mills reports 11% decline in GHG emissions
General Mills announced an 11% decrease in their GHG emissions footprint in 2017 compared to 2010. The decline came across the company’s value chain in the areas of agriculture, packaging, producing, shipping, converting, selling, and consuming.
In their 2018 Global Responsibility Report, released on Apr. 19, General Mills noted its science-based goal to reach a 28% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025 compared to a 2010 baseline, as well as its long-term goal "to achieve sustainable emission levels in line with scientific consensus by 2050."
Reflecting on its performance, the report said, "In 2017, our GHG emissions footprint decreased 11% compared to 2010, while net sales rose 6%. This reflects sales of lower GHG emissions intensity products, as well as improved efficiency in manufacturing and logistics. Our GHG emissions fell 6% versus 2016, while net sales decreased 6%. We plan to accelerate recent progress to reach our emissions-reduction goals. Our ongoing challenge is to decrease our footprint while growing our business."
"We are investing in the preservation of natural resources that our business and the global population depend upon," said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills. "Consumers increasingly demand food that reflects their values, from a company they trust. We believe that using our scale for good is good for them, good for our business and good for the planet we share."
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