The international organisation Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) has just certified Agrial’s Climate Plan 2035. By committing to halving its direct greenhouse gas emissions and reducing its total carbon footprint by 35% by 2035, Agrial has become the first French co-operative to be certified “well below 2°” by this organization promoted in particular by the UN and the NGO WWF. This global benchmark certification demonstrates that Agrial’s commitments help to limit the rise in the global temperature to less than 2°C, in line with the Paris Accord.
Agrial’s Climate Plan is the result of reflections initiated many years ago and aims to reduce its environmental impact throughout its value chain, from the farm to the finished products and taking in processing and transportation. At the end of 2021, Agrial submitted its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to the SBTi, based on four levers: energy, packaging and waste, transport and upstream.
This SBTi certification is a guarantee that Agrial’s Climate Plan is serious and credible. SBTi is an international organization that provides an independent framework for companies and validates their goals in line with the latest advances in climate science. It bases this validation on the relevance of these companies’ environmental policies, diagnoses and projects to combat climate change.
The initiative is the result of collaboration between the United Nations (UN), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the NGO WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). This certification places the Co-operative among the leaders in deploying concrete and efficient mechanisms to combat climate change. Agrial thus joins the circle of large global agri-food companies already certified: Ferrero, Nestlé, Mondelez, Carrefour, Arla, McCain…