Sustainability Dunbia reports progress in cutting emissions

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, July 29, 2019
The group is on course to meet water, energy use and CO2 emission reduction targets by 2025.
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The group is on course to meet water, energy use and CO2 emission reduction targets by 2025.

Dunbia, (a division of Dawn Meats), one of Europe’s leading meat processors, has cut its CO2 emissions by 33% just four years into a ten-year strategy to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

Publishing its second Group CSR report, it provided a progress update on its ambitious targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity by 50% by 2025. As of the end of 2018, water intensity across the group had reduced by 23%, energy intensity by 18% and CO2 emissions by 33%, as part of its on-going ambition to become Europe’s most sustainable meat company.

Since the company’s first CSR report was published in 2017, Dawn Meats Group has doubled in size following the strategic partnership and joint venture with Dunbia in the UK and the acquisition of the former Dunbia facilities in the Republic of Ireland. Sustainability targets now apply across the entire Group of over 7,000 staff, operating across locations in 12 countries.

Some of the key achievements outlined in the report are:

  • Zero waste to landfill achieved ahead of schedule across the Group;
  • 1,100 t of plastic switched to recyclable mono materials in 2018;
  • 5 Mill. litres of fuel saved under the company’s Eco Drive initiative;
  • 430,000 megawatt hours (MWH) of low carbon energy generated.

Commenting on the report, CEO of Dawn Meats, Niall Browne said: „We have now demonstrated our strong commitment to environmental best practice through committing to the Science Based Targets initiative – the first European Beef and Lamb processor to do so. We are making excellent progress on our commitments to reductions in water and energy use, and CO2 intensity, which positions us well to meet our 2025 targets.“

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