Cargill continues efforts to reduce emissions in supply chains

Cargill continues efforts to reduce emissions in supply chains
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Cargill has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30% per ton of product by 2030.

The company said the move, which has seen it adopt a ‘Scope 3’ target, aligns with many of its customers.

This greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pledge 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).

It follows the company’s recent environmental efforts including pledging to the CEO climate statement and singing on to the ‘We Are Still In’ coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord, among others.

To reduce its climate impact, Cargill is focused on targeted supply chain interventions, programming and policy solutions benefiting farmers, customers and the broader food system.

Accelerating sustainable progress in beef

Cargill is building on the efficiency of the North American beef industry, which is already 35% more efficient from a GHG perspective than the global average, by establishing programs around grazing management, feed production and food waste reduction.

The ‘BeefUp Sustainability’ initiative aims to achieve a 30% GHG reduction per pound of product produced by 2030. Cargill will work hand-in-hand with farmers, ranchers and innovators across the beef supply chain to accelerate adoption of practices known to improve sustainability outcomes, like soil health and carbon storage.

As an early step, Cargill is sponsoring the Yield Lab Institute’s Manure Innovation Challenge. The challenge will guide start-ups with solutions that capture the value from manure-based nutrients, fibre, and energy on an expedited path to market, while creating on-farm profitability.

Advancing soil health

As a founding member of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Cargill is supporting the establishment of a market to enable and encourage farmers and ranchers to adopt and sustain conservation management practices to improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve related water quality and reduce water use.

Cargill is also equipping farmers with the research and insights needed to understand how investing in soil health can yield financial and economic benefits with the Soil Health Institute.

Reducing carbon for sustainable shipping

Cargill is committed to leading the maritime industry to a more sustainable future. In 2018, the business reduced gross CO2 emissions 350,000 tons (4.5%) while it maintained the same level of transport activity.

Additionally, the company is part of the Global Maritime Forum’s Decarbonization Task Force, working alongside more than 50 industry leaders to move shipping toward a decarbonized future.

Cargill is turning its attention to new technologies with long-term potential to fulfil the International Maritime Organization’s ambitious GHG targets and transition the global shipping industry to carbon-neutral by 2050.

Protecting forests in partnership with farmers

Cargill is actively working to address emissions from land use changes as part of its sustainability strategy. Cargill is committed to protecting forests in support of the New York Declaration on Forests across key supply chains.

For example, in palm, Cargill is committing $3.5 million to a 25-year long community forest project located in the Nanga Lauk village in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, that enables community members to protect and manage the forest while also obtaining an income from the sustainable use of natural resources.

As part of its cocoa and chocolate ‘Protect our Planet Strategic Action Plan’ and commitment to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, Cargill’s community-based interventions in Cote d’Ivoire led to the planting of over 320,000 shade trees, thanks to the engagement of 3,000 farmers across 12 cooperatives between 2018 and 2019.

In the South American soy supply chain, Cargill has been committed to the Amazon Soy Moratorium since 2006 and is investing $30 million to find innovative solutions to protect South American forests in ways that are economically viable for farmers.