Challenge: To reduce the environmental impact of animal protein production

Environmental stewardship is a key element of our sustainability strategy. Rather than see manure as a ‘waste’ product, we regard it as a valuable natural resource for generating energy or producing crops to feed our animals and helping to increase the storage of atmospheric carbon in plants and soils.

As a global business we have a significant environmental footprint – operating offices and livestock barns in 23 countries. We use energy to carefully manage the climate in our animal facilities for around  112,000 pigs and 1,800 elite bulls and cows to ensure their welfare and productivity. We also transport livestock, embryos and semen around the world using land and air, and produce animal manures which are valuable ‘renewable’ sources of crop fertilizer.

It’s not simply about making a commitment to reduce our GHG emissions. We have a plan to get there, we call it ‘Delta C’, which enables us to measure and report on our progress.

Our goals

We support the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the long-term goal to limit the global average temperature rise to below 1.5°C by 2100.

Our targets

Reduce the primary intensity ratio (Scope 1 and 2 emissions) of our operations by 25% of our 2019 levels by 2030

OUR PERFORMANCE IN FY21

We have reduced our primary intensity ratio from 9.37 tonnes CO2e / tonne animal weight (FY19) to 8.31 tonnes CO2e / tonne animal weight (FY21). This overall reduction represents 11.3% reduction (against the FY19 baseline) and a 0.25% performance improvement on the previous year.

Achieve ‘net zero’ GHG emissions by 2050

OUR PERFORMANCE IN FY21

We have reduced our total carbon emissions from 110,879 tonnes (FY19) to 96,409 tonnes (FY21). This overall reduction represents a 13% reduction (against the FY19 baseline) and 6.8% performance improvement on the previous year. Although on target, we have further work to do.

 

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