GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - December 16, 2021
Kraft Heinz Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050
The Kraft Heinz Company announced it plans to achieve net zero GHG emissions across its operations, including Scope 1 and Scope 2, and from its global supply chain, including Scope 3 by 2050. The company’s plans include an interim emissions reduction of 50% across all three scopes by 2030.
The key focus areas of Kraft Heinz’s net zero program include procuring a majority of the company’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and continuing to transition key on-site manufacturing facilities to renewable energy sources.
“As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we take seriously our responsibility to slash our environmental impact in the face of climate change,” said Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio in a statement. “Through partnerships with leading NGOs and across our supply chain, we look to seize opportunities to reduce emissions and minimize our footprint, from the farms that grow our ingredients to the manufacturing facilities that prepare our products.”
In 2020 and 2021, Kraft Heinz conducted an assessment related to its total value chain emissions, including verifying all three scope emissions by an independent third party. Its Scope 3 emissions account for approximately 95% of the company’s total emissions, so that will be a primary focus of the company’s reduction efforts.
The company will work in partnership with key suppliers, including ingredient and packaging suppliers, which account for approximately 62% and 12% of Kraft Heinz’s Scope 3 footprint respectively, to reduce emissions across its value chain. Other focus areas will include upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, end-of-life treatment, and use of sold products.
In 2021, Kraft Heinz renewed its commitment to set a science-based emissions reduction target by 2023, in alignment with the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net Zero Standard, and will follow the most current, credible, and widely accepted climate science standards available.
Kraft Heinz plans to share additional information on its roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 when the company announces its science-based targets, which is expected in 2023.