Organic yogurt producer Stonyfield Organic has announced a science-based target to reduce its carbon output by a target of 30% by the year 2030.
If achieved, the firm’s commitment has the potential to prevent or remove more than 70,000 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere per year.
“We know there is great urgency to solve climate change,” said Lisa Drake, director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield Organic. “A healthy planet is one of Stonyfield’s guiding tenets, and we’re proud to be among the earliest corporations to take significant action toward driving down global greenhouse gas emissions.”
In addition to the agriculture sector, Stonyfield Organic’s carbon reduction efforts will also focus on the areas of energy, waste, packaging and logistics.
The target is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s broader goals to limit global warming and cut global greenhouse gas emissions. Stonyfield Organic is one of 50 companies in North America with a target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi);. SBTi is a collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is one of the commitments of the We Mean Business Coalition. Globally 232 companies have approved targets.
This newly approved target is one of a number of sustainability initiatives Stonyfield has made to reduce its footprint. The company currently offsets the carbon impact of its facility energy use and uses plant-based plastic.
Stonyfield also recently announced its leadership role in developing OpenTEAM, a new technology platform to help farmers everywhere improve soil health and trap carbon from the atmosphere in the soil, which will play a critical role in helping the company achieve its 30 by 30 target carbon reduction.