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Committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions


In October 2020, we committed to setting a science-based target (SBT) to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our own operations and in our supply chain.

What is a science-based target?

Science-based targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce GHG emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. They were created by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Once a commitment is made, companies have two years to:

  1. Develop a science-based target (GHG emission goal) aligned with SBTi criteria
  2. Submit the target to the SBTi for validation
  3. Publish the approved target on the SBTi website

What makes a GHG emission goal “science-based?”

According to the SBTi, climate science shows that we need to halve global emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst climate impacts.

GHG emissions goals are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science determines is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, as described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Why setting this target is important to us

In the same way we care about our food, we care for our natural resources, for quality and safety, and for our planet. As the world’s population rises, so does the urgency of continuing to produce enough food to feed everyone amid a changing climate.

It is because of this that we’re taking the important step of setting this target, to avoid the worst effects of climate change by 2030 and beyond.

We’re joining more than 1,000 businesses and organizations worldwide who are working with the SBTi to reduce their emissions and to improve their environmental impact.

Our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal at Campbell

In 2010, we set our first GHG emissions reduction goal, based on data starting in 2008. We achieved a 42% reduction in emissions per tonne of food produced over nearly 10 years. Then in 2017, we set a new, more aggressive goal to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2025 in our own operations. This year, we will begin the work to quantify the emissions that occur in our operations to set our SBT, which will replace our existing goal.

Learn more about our goals and the steps we’re taking to create more sustainable operations.


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