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Princes commits to become carbon neutral by 2030
International food and drink group Princes has committed to achieving carbon neutrality across its UK and international operations by 2030, against a 2018/2019 baseline. This ambition builds on progress made since 2014/2015 to reduce the group’s carbon emissions, which represents a 23% decrease of over 34,000 tonnes of CO2.
The target has been set as part of a new 2030GreenGoals initiative, which will be implemented over the next 10 years, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions and internal energy generation, in addition to reductions in food, water and general waste. The business intends to establish a formal target for net zero and work with customers, suppliers and industry bodies to achieve this. It is currently investing £80m in a series of projects at its Long Sutton facility (pictured).
Barry McDonnell, chief operations officer at Princes, said: “Addressing climate change is a fundamental challenge for current and future generations, which requires action. In line with our vision to ‘proudly help families to eat well without costing the Earth’, we have a responsibility to tackle this challenge and go further in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.
“Our ambition builds on a longstanding commitment to sustainability throughout our operations and a strong track record in reducing carbon emissions, with a 23% decrease achieved since 2014/15, but we must do more. Through our 2030GreenGoals initiative, we will continue to cut emissions, generate our own energy and reduce waste – ensuring that the environment is considered in everything we do across our operations.”
Progress in reducing carbon emissions to date across Princes manufacturing sites has been accomplished through investment in LED lighting, the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the group’s Wisbech site, solar PV panels at Long Sutton, as well as a reduction in energy use and waste by driving environmental awareness throughout the business.
Princes’ 2030GreenGoals will be achieved by meeting the following five targets:
Carbon neutral across all operations
Reviewing all equipment and infrastructure, and investing in carbon neutral solutions at manufacturing sites.
Up to 50% internal energy generation
Driving towards self-generation and renewable energy, such as biogas from waste at manufacturing sites.
25% less water wastage
Minimising all leakage and waste, and increasing water reuse.
30% less general waste
Reducing and reusing materials, as well as maintaining zero to landfill waste across UK operations and accelerating internationally.
50% less food waste through prevention and positive use
Accelerating progress to tackle global food waste through commitment to the Champions 12.3 coalition, 50% less food waste within its operations and engaging suppliers and consumers to tackle food waste.