The commitment will see Princes’ global operations become carbon neutral by 2030, against a 2018/2019 baseline, focusing on carbon emissions, water, waste, and energy.
Prince’s ambition, outlined in its 2030 Green Goals initiative, builds on important progress made since 2014/2015 to reduce the group’s carbon emissions, which represents a 23% decrease of over 34,000 tonnes of CO2.
The firm’s target has been set under the new initiative, which will be implemented over the next 10 years, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions and internal energy generation, in addition to reductions in food, water, and general waste.
“Addressing climate change is a fundamental challenge for current and future generations, which requires action,” said Barry McDonnell, chief operations officer at Princes.
“In line with our vision to ‘Proudly help families to eat well without costing the Earth’, we have a responsibility to tackle this challenge and go further in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.”
Princes’ 2030 Green Goals will be achieved by meeting the following targets:
- Carbon neutral across all operations: reviewing all equipment and infrastructure, and investing in carbon-neutral solutions at manufacturing sites;
- Up to 50% internal energy generation: driving towards self-generation and renewable energy, such as biogas from waste at manufacturing sites;
- 25% less water wastage: minimising all leakage and waste, and increasing water reuse;
- 30% less general waste: reducing and reusing materials, as well as maintaining zero to landfill waste across UK operations and accelerating internationally;
- 50% less food waste through prevention and positive use: accelerating progress to tackle global food waste through a commitment to the Champions 12.3 coalition, 50% less food waste within its operations and engaging suppliers and consumers to tackle food waste.
“This is just the start of Princes’ journey to becoming a net-zero business, and tackling carbon emissions beyond our own operations will be the next crucial step,” commented McDonnell.
“In collaboration with customers, suppliers, and the wider industry, we will join this ambition to drive meaningful, lasting change for future generations of Princes colleagues and the millions of families we make food and drink for every day.”
Progress in reducing carbon emissions to date across Princes’ manufacturing sites has been achieved through investment in LED lighting, as well as the installation of a CHP plant at its Wisbech site, and solar PV panels at Long Sutton, as well as a reduction in energy use and waste by driving environmental awareness throughout the company.