McCain Foods’ commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half in all of its operations will help limit global warming to 1.5 C.
McCain Foods made the commitment with the release of its first sustainability report and has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. This makes McCain the only food and beverage company in Canada to be verified to this extent, and one of 33 in the world.
By having our targets validated as science-based, McCain is ensuring our actions will make a meaningful contribution to global efforts to tackle climate change," says Max Koeune, president and chief executive officer of McCain. "When we say we are reducing our carbon emissions by 50 per cent, that is actual decarbonization across our operations. Carbon offsets cannot be used with the Science Based Targets initiative. This is a robust, substantial commitment to move towards carbon neutrality."
The report highlights several commitments, including renewable electricity, regenerative practices with 100 per cent of its potato acreage and phasing out the use of coal, and more.
"Our commitment to cut our global emissions in half is what the latest climate science says is needed to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change," says Koeune. "It will also help us establish a clearly defined pathway to more sustainable farms and operations."