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Avara Foods sets approved science-based targets on journey to net zero

By Grace Melville
20th October 2021

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Congratulations to our client, Avara Foods, one of the UK’s leading food manufacturers, whose science-based targets have been officially approved by The Science Based Targets initiative. These targets form part of its wider ambition of achieving Net Zero by 2040.

“Setting science-based targets is really important to us, because any commitment to Net Zero feels empty without them,” explains Andrew Brodie, People and Communications Director at Avara Foods.  “Adopting and pursuing robust, science-led targets, not only makes our intention clear, it gives us a clear line of sight to our goal and helps others hold us to account.”

Scope 3 emissions commonly make up the lion’s share of any company’s carbon footprint and in food production this is often well above 90%. Avara Food’s commitment to tackling their Scope 3 emissions, which make up 95% of their footprint, despite the challenges decarbonising their supply chain presents means that they’re walking the walk on being a truly responsible, sustainable business. We recently spoke on a webinar with Sophie Oldfield, Sustainability Manager at Avara Foods, on managing and reducing Scope 3 emissions, watch it here. 

Avara Foods has committed to:

  • Continue to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions in line with limiting warming to 1.5C, equating to an absolute reduction of 46% by 2030
  • Reduce Scope 3 emissions in line with limiting warming to well below 2 degrees, requiring an absolute reduction of 28% by 2030

In the short term, Avara Food’s will focus on reducing its footprint through decarbonisation across its operations through initiatives such as switching to renewables and engaging with their supply chain. It has already achieved a 56% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions between 2015 and 2020 and has worked with Carbon Intelligence to conduct a robust analysis of its wider supply chain emissions which enabled it to set an ambitious Scope 3 targets. 

“Mapping our Scope 3 emissions has been a huge piece of work but absolutely vital.  Science and data are at the heart of our carbon reduction plans, because without comprehensive data – which we continue to refine – how can you be sure you’re making a difference?” said Emily Phelps, Sustainability Lead.

 

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Carbon Intelligence considers setting a science-based target as one of the strongest and most credible ways a company can demonstrate their commitment to tackling climate change. We are proud to have now worked with 1 in 5 UK companies on their approved science-based targets. Find out more here.