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Fueling the meals trade’s local weather agenda with transparency & collective motion

Fueling the meals trade’s local weather agenda with transparency & collective motion

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Eight months on from COP 26, there’s been a rise in firm net-zero commitments¹. So, as consideration turns to this 12 months’s local weather summit, the place new steps to fulfill emissions targets shall be introduced, what do we have to do to make sure the meals trade is taking part in its half? 

For meals and beverage corporations, measuring and reporting on emissions targets is especially advanced as a result of bulk of a product’s carbon footprint mendacity past the manufacturing facility gates, within the provide chain. This makes calculating the impression of the completely different elements that go into say, a carton of chocolate almond milk, difficult. And traceability turns into much more blurred when elements like cocoa, espresso or cashew are predominantly sourced from smallholder farmers in distant areas that may undergo a number of intermediaries earlier than reaching your door. However it’s these Scope 3 emissions which are key to hitting significant discount targets and accelerating the meals trade’s journey in direction of net-zero. 

Since 2019, ofi has launched its first public local weather targets throughout numerous provide chains together with cocoa, espresso, cashew, hazelnuts – and now almonds. These embrace a 50% discount in GHG emissions within the cashew provide chain by 2030, 50% discount of untreated espresso wastewater, and 30% discount in pure capital prices for cocoa. Collectively, these targets construct on over a decade of sustainability expertise carried over from our Olam heritage, introducing a extra clear and structured method, supported by our function to ‘Be the change for good meals and a wholesome future’. This nevertheless, requires larger transparency throughout the availability chain and collective motion to ship sustainability impression at scale. 

Huge quantities of information are wanted to supply this transparency and help ESG reporting. Figuring out the place carbon emissions are coming from in your provide chain is crucial to understanding how one can scale back them and ship essentially the most impression. Corporations buying ofi’s cocoa, espresso, nuts and spices elements, take pleasure in the instruments and knowledge out there on AtSource, the sustainability insights platform, to grasp and report on their environmental (in addition to social and financial) impression. Collected by enumerators throughout our sourcing networks, the info covers farm to manufacturing facility, together with the emissions linked to land-use change, fertilizer and pesticide use, irrigation, and for some merchandise, the quantity of carbon sequestered in soil and timber. The completely different ranges of information cater for various sustainability administration necessities, all of which assist clients perceive their carbon footprint and for us, establish the place we will take advantage of impression in response to the carbon discount pathways we’ve developed.

So for US espresso roasters, we will calculate the general GHG emissions for particular blends of espresso. Take a Brazil pure arabica, Honduras washed arabica and Indian robusta mix – they’ll see the carbon emissions from every of our three AtSource+ provide chains, from the farm, by means of processing, and transport. And that decreasing fertilizer-use and enhancing residue administration are the primary contributors to the reductions we’re seeing to date. Turning to our personal farming operations, we all know that irrigation nonetheless contributes over 40% of our on-farm footprint for almonds grown on our California orchards. Dry wells and recharge ponds are capturing 13 trillion gallons of water runoff yearly throughout our US and Australia orchards, and we’re constructing on present efforts round groundwater conservation and smart-irrigation strategies with devoted 2030 water targets, to be introduced subsequent month. 

Armed with this perception, clients can assess the progress of their sustainability ambitions, and have the chance to work with us on focused interventions to advance them. Certainly, multi-stakeholder options are key to untangling the socio-economic elements that environmental challenges are sometimes rooted in. Working with companions just like the California Water Motion Collaborative (CWAC) for instance, can provide supportive frameworks for water stewardship. Accessing their perception into the workings of the regulatory and pure atmosphere permits us to extra clearly decide how our water utilization impacts the communities and ecosystems round us. Or in Mexico, the place our partnership with Rainforest Alliance and USAID is piloting the LandScale method to evaluate and proof sustainability impression on the complete panorama of Chiapas – one of many nation’s key espresso rising areas. 

Delivering change on the pace and scale required can solely be achieved if we glance past our provide chains to the broader landscapes and actors inside it. With unyielding demand for larger transparency and motion, from NGOs to shoppers alike, we have to embrace shared accountability for fixing the sector’s intractable challenges and create actual impression for individuals and planet.

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ofi publishes the primary public sustainability technique for its 50,000 acres of almond farming operations this month, adopted by impression stories for its cocoa and occasional provide chains. 

¹ https://www.ceres.org/news-center/press-releases/climate-action-100-net-zero-company-benchmark-shows-increase-company-net

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