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Our Planet


With strengthened commitments on tackling climate change and deforestation, improving the sustainability of farming practices and reducing waste, the planet work of our Enriching Life Plan contributes to a healthier planet, by placing sustainability at the heart of our operations and nurturing the natural resources that we rely on to make our food. 

 
 
 

Our plan recognises the environmental impact of our operations and wider value chain. Therefore, we will step-up our commitments to limiting the effects of climate change, developing resilience to climate change (see Risk Management), to protect natural resources through our supply chain and to strengthen our efforts on tackling food waste.

We understand the need to act quickly and transform our ways of working, and have answered the call from the United Nations to the business community to set bold and ambitious targets, joining ‘Business Ambition for 1.5C°’. We have set strong short-term targets: reducing our direct emissions (scopes 1 and 2) by 42% by 2030 and our indirect emissions (scope 3) by 25% over the same period. We know we can’t stop there and will target net zero by 2040 in our own operations and by 2050 in our wider supply chain. To ensure our work stays in line with the latest science, we will validate our targets with the Science- Based Target initiative. With complex supply chains and operations, an essential step for the business is to understand our full, detailed greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint (see case study). We are also working to refine our understanding of energy usage at sites, and will be rolling out a smart metering system which will further inform our plans.

We all need to protect the natural resources on which we depend. We will therefore tackle deforestation in the products we source which carry the greatest risks: palm, soy, meat, pulp and cocoa. We will continue our work with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) to drive supply of sustainable commodities. Closer to home, we’ll work with our suppliers to make best use of available resources like water, and to increase biodiversity, carbon capture and restoring natural habitats – we call this regenerative agriculture. We will support the farmers we work with, in their own transition, as the efforts to protect our natural habitats rely on the supply chain acting together.

Our sites have sent no waste to landfill since 2016, and as signatories to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and Champions 12.3, we have long worked on reducing food waste in our operations but we want to do even more. We’ll work with our suppliers and partners to reduce food waste too, and strengthen our work with food redistribution charities to ensure leftover food that is safe to eat, goes to human consumption wherever possible. Moreover, our brands will harness their unique opportunity to help our consumers reduce their own food waste at home.

 

Case Studies

 

Understanding our carbon Footprint

 

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Understanding our full carbon footprint, and that of all the ingredients we use, is an essential step in building the detailed plans we need to meet our bold decarbonisation targets. Building on our previous work on scopes 1 and 2, we embarked on a new exercise to map our scope 3 emissions.

We started with a full inventory of all purchased goods and services across our business, and worked with a specialist consultant to develop the best possible emissions estimates using reputable sources, such as Ecoinvent 3.8, BEIS 2020 and 2021, Agri-footprint, and WFLDB (World Food LCA Database).

The outcome of the exercise will help us to refine our measurement approach, and most importantly focus improvement opportunities and help track our progress. It will also form the foundation of the targets we will submit for validation to the Science Based Targets initiative over the coming months. As is the case with many food and drink manufacturing companies, a significant part of our total environmental impact sits outside our walls, with around 95% of our carbon footprint being in the products and services we purchase. This demonstrate the importance of collaborating with key suppliers in order to achieve our targets.

More information on our emissions can be found in the Enriching Life Plan Disclosure Tables in our results centre.

Supporting local environments

 

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Our Green Matters champions across our sites, have been busy partnering with local charities and community groups to help protect and restore local natural habitats, and create new ones for biodiversity to thrive. In Carlton, colleagues have taken 11 days out to help plant more than 19,000, carefully selected broadleaved and coniferous native woodland trees, at 11 local sites in support of Wakefield and Barnsley councils’ efforts to adapt to climate change and connect communities back with nature. In Ashford, working with the Kent Wildlife Trust, colleagues have identified some suitable land near the neighbouring River Stour to convert into a pond, where they hope to attract smooth newts, diving beetles and dragonfly nymphs back into the area. These will also be spaces for colleagues to take time out for their well-being and connect back with nature.


Sustainable Palm Oil

 

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Palm oil is an extremely versatile oil that has many different properties and functions. It is also an incredibly efficient crop, producing more oil per land area than any other equivalent vegetable oil crop. To get the same amount of alternative oils like soybean or coconut oil would require anything between four and 10 times more land, which would shift the deforestation problem to other parts of the world and threaten other habitats and species (1). This is why we are committed to sourcing only sustainable, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil which protects the environment and the local communities who depend on it for their livelihoods, so that palm oil can continue to play a key role in food security. BM TRADA, the leading independent certification body, has certified all of our sites that handle palm oil as having RSPO-approved traceability systems, which means they are capable of guaranteeing the use of palm oil from sustainable sources. We are delighted to have maintained 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil throughout the year.

License number: 4-0019-06-100-00. Check our progress at https://rspo.org/members/103/ Premier-Foods- Group-Limited

(1) Source '8 things to know about palm oil', WWF, available at: https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oil.