Maple Leaf Foods becomes world’s ‘first major food company’ to be carbon neutral

Maple Leaf Foods becomes world’s ‘first major food company’ to be carbon neutral
Maple Leaf Foods is investing in the Quebec Sustainable Community, an initiative comprised of several micro-projects spearheaded by different non-profits and municipalities within the Quebec area (credit: Maple Leaf Foods)

Meat processor, Maple Leaf Foods, has become what its claims the “first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral”.

The company’s path to carbon neutrality is prediction on “aggressively reducing” emissions by meeting the golden standard of widely respected Science Based Targets.

In doing so, the company said it has become one of three animal protein companies globally to set Science Based Targets approved by the international Science Based Target Initiative.

“We recognise that producing nutrient-dense foods takes vital planetary resources, and we are staking our future on being carbon neutral today, and every day going forward,” said Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods President and CEO.

As part of becoming carbon neutral, Maple Leaf Foods is also investing in environmental projects throughout Canada and the US to address its remaining carbon footprint, bringing it to zero.

These projects support wind energy, recovering methane gas from landfills, composting and biomass programs to reduce methane emissions, and forest protection and re-forestry to conserve species and biodiversity.