Food producer Cranswick plc has announced that it has received carbon neutral certification for all 14 of its eligible UK manufacturing sites, having after reducing its relative carbon emissions by 18% in the last financial year.
Carbon neutral status has been recognised by PAS2060 certification which verifies the carbon reduction programme implemented to date and approves the plans to further reduce emissions.
“We recognised in 2018 that tackling climate change is everyone’s responsibility and, as a leading operator in the food industry it was incumbent upon us to play our part,” commented Adam Couch, Cranswick chief executive officer.
In a combined pork and poultry industry first, Cranswick has also committed to purchasing 100% certified deforestation-free soya, which it anticipates will result in a 20% reduction in carbon compared to the previous system.
As part of Cranswick’s sustainability strategy ‘Second Nature’, it set out a roadmap to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions across all operations by 2040. The Company has worked across its entire business to reduce its total carbon emissions.
“We have made significant changes to the way we operate our business through our Second Nature programme,” said Mr Couch. “While we have further to go, I’m very proud of our teams who have embraced climate action with such vigour and helped us reach these first milestone steps of carbon neutral manufacturing and also the switch to 100% certified deforestation-free soya.”
Cranswick has also set an approved 1.5 degree aligned Science Based Target to reduce emissions by 50% across its entire value chain by 2030. It has also created a new ESG committee, presided over by Tim Smith, Chairman of the Group, to further reinforces the Board level support and commitment to Cranswick becoming a more sustainable meat business.