AIMARGUES, FRANCE and MCLEAN, VA. – Royal Canin, one of the leading scientific pet food companies and the largest Mars-owned brand, Incorporated, announced on October 5 that it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 The company aims to have its first product line certified carbon neutral by 2022..
The company said it would take significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint along the value chain, by measuring its progress against PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality.
“We see carbon neutrality as a necessity for future generations, and it is our responsibility to contribute to this effort,” said Fabrice Mathieu, Global Director of Sustainability at Royal Canin. “We know this journey will not be easy, but we are committed to taking action to reduce our footprint and making the necessary investments with our value chain partners around the world. “
Royal Canin will focus on four areas of action to achieve this goal. These include the transition to renewable electricity; sourcing sustainable ingredients; reduce waste and strengthen circularity; and climate-smart business transformations.
The company has been working towards renewable electricity for 20 years. Currently 72% of the electricity used by Royal Canin comes from renewable sources, and it will continue to aim for 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
Royal Canin said 75% of its carbon footprint comes from its ingredient supply chains. To reduce this footprint, the company will switch to low-carbon ingredients as much as possible, and work with its rice, wheat and poultry suppliers to support regenerative farming practices and avoid deforestation. The company has already certified 100% of its soybean sources with ProTerra.
With this in mind, Royal Canin will invite key suppliers to join Mars Pledge for Planet Initiative.
To reduce waste and support circular packaging of its pet food products, Royal Canin will strive to expand recyclability, compostability and the use of reusable packaging across its portfolio. It plans to introduce single-material plastic packaging in 2022 and will also begin incorporating recycled content and less material into its pet food packaging.
The company’s sustainable business transformations will include linking compensation and executive compensation for climate actions to achieving emissions reductions, setting internal carbon prices and international standards for measuring the carbon footprint of its products, deploying a program of commitment, awareness and training in sustainable development for all. partners and create a more collaborative work environment to facilitate conversations about climate challenges.
“As experts in cat and dog nutrition, we have been guided by science for the past fifty years,” said Loïc Moutault, President of Royal Canin. “It is science initiatives and decisive action, not just ambition, that will help us achieve our 2025 climate goal. We believe that this bold, carbon-neutral commitment will inspire and mobilize new ideas, actions and results. and impactful across the ROYAL CANIN® global value chain that will help us improve our environmental footprint and make a significant positive difference for pets, people and the planet. “
This is all part of Mars’ plans to achieve zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire supply chain by 2050. The company has said it will meet its target by passing renewable energies, by rethinking its supply chains to stop deforestation, by investing in renewable agriculture and encouraging its suppliers to take action.
“To have a meaningful impact and ensure it’s fit for purpose, our net zero goal covers our entire GHG footprint, from how we source our materials to how consumers use our materials. products, and we’re mobilizing our entire business to act now and hit milestones every five years, ”said Grant F. Reid, Managing Director. “This is going to be a significant challenge, and we will not be able to achieve net zero without the collaboration of our associates, suppliers, customers, consumers and industry partners. It is so important that we work together to increase scale and reach.
The company said it was redesigning its supply chain to help stop deforestation. Specifically, Mars has identified five products as posing the greatest risk, including cocoa, beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy. Actions will include a continued move away from purchasing ingredients based on cost and will focus on transparency and traceability of the commodities it sources. Management’s goal is for the five commodities to be free from deforestation by 2025.
Mars is also committed to working with farmers and suppliers to promote regenerative agriculture. Specific projects underway include a Soil Health Initiative that supports the resilience of wheat production in Australia; a sustainable dairy partnership, which strengthens collaboration between suppliers and buyers of dairy products around the world; and Oryzonte, a program to improve rice cultivation in Spain, reducing both water consumption and methane emissions.
“We will push the boundaries of what is possible through regenerative agriculture, and this will require an acceleration of our work, as well as deeper and more integrated partnerships with our suppliers, and stronger government frameworks that encourage sustainable practices. “said Barry Parkin, head of sustainability and purchasing.
Mars said it is making progress towards achieving zero GHG emissions in its direct operations by 2040. It now sources 100% renewable electricity for all of its operations in 11 countries, which represents 54 % of its global needs. Management plans to make a similar change in eight more countries by 2025.
The company’s suppliers will also need to take action. They are encouraged by Mars to calculate their own GHG footprints and set science-based reduction targets. Through Mars’ Supplier Leadership Program on Climate Transition, the company will provide training and capacity building with the aim of recruiting other brands to join and grow the project.
“This is going to be a significant challenge, and we will not be able to achieve net zero without the cooperation of our associates, suppliers, customers, consumers and industry partners,” said Reid. “It’s so important that we work together to increase scale and reach.
“We need to overhaul the supply chains that power global businesses and end deforestation and the conversion of natural ecosystems to drive meaningful change now. We cannot use long-term ambitions as an excuse for inaction and delay. “
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