The Kerry Group has unveiled a new sustainability strategy including a commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions before 2050.
As part of its Beyond the Horizon strategy, the Irish conglomerate has outlined sustainability targets that address key impacts by 2030 in the areas of nutrition and health, emissions, energy, circular economy, raw materials, and social impact. Working towards its net zero target by 2050, Kerry aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2030.
Other objectives also include: reducing emission intensity of the supply chain by 30% by 2030; ensuring that all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025; halving food waste; and sustainably sourcing all priority raw materials by 2030.
Edmond Scanlon, CEO of Kerry Group, said: “The food industry plays a crucial role in society and has long recognised the need to transform to meet conflicting challenges such as obesity, malnutrition and food waste, all while facing a growing pressure on resources. Supplying the right nutrition, in the right quantities, in the right way, is how we will collectively solve this challenge.
“Beyond the Horizon, our 2030 sustainability strategy, will help consumers eat better, improve our local communities and reduce the environmental impact, while also meeting both Kerry’s and our customers’ goals.”
Juan Aguiriano, head of sustainability for Kerry Group, added: “As part of Beyond the Horizon, we are setting science-based climate targets that will see us reduce our emissions across our operations and supply chains as we work towards net zero emissions.
“We are supporting a more circular approach on plastics and waste with a target for all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 and we will ensure that all our priority raw materials are sustainably sourced by the end of the decade.
“Together, our commitments will create a world of sustainable nutrition, contributing to the ambition articulated across the UN Sustainable Development Goals to help both the planet and society thrive. We understand that this is not a journey we can undertake alone, and we are committed to working with our customers to co-create and innovate for more sustainable consumer diets.”