Posted on December 4, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Agribusiness giant to cut emissions from employee travel, commuting

Cargill CEO: 'climate change will destabilize food system' without action

Cargill Inc., the nation’s top U.S. grain exporter and largest North American palm oil importer, said it will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in its global supply chains by 30 percent per ton of product by 2030.

The announcement comes after the Wayzata, Minn.-based agribusiness giant said in July it would cut GHG emissions by 30 percent across its North American beef supply chain by 2030. In 2018, Cargill announced it would reduce absolute emissions by 10 percent.

Undergirding its new 30-percent GHG reduction commitment, Cargill has adopted a Scope 3 emissions reduction plan that has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three “scopes”:

  • Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources
  • Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy
  • Scope 3 emissions, which include employee travel and commuting, are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions

Among its sustainability efforts, Cargill said it has also pledged to the CEO climate statement, signed on to the We Are Still In coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord, and showed up at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid, Spain.

“Without bold and decisive actions by all involved in the production of food, climate change will destabilize the food system,” said David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and CEO. “We are determined to innovate, scale and implement solutions together with producers, our customers and governments worldwide. Agriculture is how we will mitigate climate change, regenerate our soils and improve water use, while nourishing the world in a more sustainable way.”

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