Danone is engaged on SDG 13 as a major focus
Being a food company means we rely on nature, agriculture and the farmers to do our job. To grow our business sustainably and ensure our global food cycle is resilient, we must address the systemic challenge of climate change. It is in our interest and our responsibility to help fight climate change and contribute to achieving a decarbonized economy. This must start with reducing our own carbon footprint. We measure our impact including our full scope of emissions throughout the value chain, i.e. our direct and shared scopes of responsibility (including Danone’s related GHG emissions coming from raw materials and agriculture).
As stated in its 2015 Climate Policy, Danone has committed to become a carbon neutral company by 2050, on its full scope of responsibility including agriculture, through solutions co-created with its partners.
We can’t reach zero net carbon within our full value cycle alone. Only by working together in partnership with our ecosystem of farmers, suppliers, customers and local communities we can make our vision a reality. Reaching our goal means not only reducing our carbon emissions but also helping nature to sequestrate more carbon, promoting regenerative agriculture, tackling deforestation from our supply chain and managing all natural resources sustainably.
Therefore to reach carbon neutrality, Danone climate strategy focus on three main levers of action: Reduction, Sequestration and Offset of its remaining emissions.
COP 23: reaffirming Danone's climate ambition
At COP 23, in 2017 Danone reaffirmed its climate ambition:
- Danone’s emission reduction targets received official approval by the Science Based Targets initiative.
- Danone joined the international 4 per 1000 Initiative on agriculture, food security and climate.
- Danone sharpened its focus on regenerative agriculture as a way to broadly reduce emissions in the future and respond to consumer demand for naturality and transparency.
Danone main trajectory milestones include:
- 50% emissions intensity reduction on Full scope 2015-2030
- 30% absolute emissions reduction on scope 1 & 2 2015-2030
- Carbon positive solutions development : the Livelihoods funds aims to sequester 10 million tons of CO2 over 20 years
Danone's commitments to carbon reduction trajectory
Commitments related to Danone carbon reduction trajectory include:
- HFC refrigerants: Danone committed in 2010 to ensure that only natural refrigerants based on climate-friendly CH or CO2 technologies are in use within its operations
- Deforestation: Danone committed to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020 which includes commodities such as soy, palm oil or pulp and paper
- Renewable Energy: In December 2017, Danone joined the RE100 initiative and made a commitment to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with an intermediary step of 50% by 2020. RE100 is a global and collaborative initiative that includes more than 100 influential companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.
Moreover, Danone strikes to keep a leadership role on the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Change. In 2018, Danone is part of the CDP Climate Change A List and was awarded as a Supplier Engagement leader for its actions and strategies to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chain.