The Compleat Food Group has 2040 net zero goal validated by SBTi

By William Dodds

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The Compleat Food Group aims to reach net zero by 2040. Credit: Getty / Hype Photography
The Compleat Food Group aims to reach net zero by 2040. Credit: Getty / Hype Photography

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Food manufacturer The Compleat Food Group has had its net zero targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The firm has committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its own operations and value chain by 2040.

It also aims to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions from its own operations by 50% by 2030 and to reduce scope 3 emissions from its wider supply chain by 50% within the same timeframe. The Compleat Food Group plans to reach net zero across scope 1 and 2 by 2035.

In order to achieve these goals, the group has committed to reducing food waste by 50% by 2030, while it has targeted using 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025. It is also supporting its suppliers to shift to nature positive, high welfare methods of production, with 100% traceability and zero deforestation.

The firm – which owns food brands including Wall’s Pastry, Pork Farms, Squeaky Bean and Palace Culture – will report on its progress towards these goals in first sustainability report, scheduled for May 2024.

David Moore, head of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) at The Compleat Food Group, believes that taking action to reduce the impact a business has on the environment has “never been more important​” and this urgency has informed the firm’s approach.

Moore continued: “As one of the UK’s leading food groups, we know our responsibility goes beyond producing great food, and that we can have a central role in meeting the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. That’s why we are taking bold action, both through our climate targets and a commitment to social value, to transform our operations and deliver a better, fairer future for all.

The approval of our targets by the SBTi is an important step on this journey as we set out our commitments to make a positive impact on the world and maximise the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the communities we are part of. We are at the start of a long journey and we don’t have all the answers yet, but we are absolutely committed to our targets and ensuring we play a leading role in creating a responsibly sourced, regenerative food system that delivers on our mission to create Food to Feel Good​.”

In other news, oat drink manufacturer Oatly has been ranked as the most sustainable food and drink brand by UK consumers.

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