Greencore, a leading manufacturer of convenience foods in the UK, has had its carbon emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

The targets covering greenhouse gas emissions from Greencore’s operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement and our target for the emissions from our value chain (scope 3) meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning they are in line with current best practice.

“Greencore Group plc commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 46.2% by FY2030 from a FY2019 base year. Greencore Group plc also commits to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and upstream transportation and distribution by 42% per tonne of product sold within the same timeframe.”

Last year Greencore unveiled a range of sustainability pledges, including commitments that all of the Group’s packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025, that food waste will be reduced by 50% by 2030, and that Greencore will operate with net zero emissions by 2040.

Greencore’s sustainability credentials are already well established, and the pledges build on the strong progress that the Group has made in this area in recent years.

Commenting on the SBTi approval, Andy Wright, Head of Sustainability at Greencore, said:

“We have a long track record of driving sustainability at Greencore. Last year we published our inaugural sustainability report, where we set out a range of pledges. We are delighted to have received approval by SBTi on our emissions reductions targets as these will play an important role in how we create a more resilient and sustainable future.”

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