Kraft Heinz is committed to operating responsibly and doing its part in the critical global efforts to reduce the harmful impacts of climate change. A big component of that commitment is both reducing how much energy we consume, and thereby reducing the associated emissions where applicable, as well as rethinking our energy sources. That is why in 2020, we committed to buy the majority of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025. During 2020, we also embarked upon several energy optimization initiatives at our global facilities, both combining smart long-term investments in energy efficiency, as well as instituting best practices aimed at controls and real-time operations management towards our energy stewardship goals.
Procure majority of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Science-Based Goals and Greenhouse Gas Management
In July 2018, Kraft Heinz announced its commitment to establish Science Based Targets in line with the Science Based Target initiative’s (SBTi) 2oC trajectory. Since that announcement, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change), has updated its mitigation recommendation to match the current trajectory of climate change thresholds at 1.5oC.
In 2019, we worked with external consultants to help measure our carbon footprint across our entire global value chain, in accordance with the current 1.5oC mitigation efforts. We are aligning our targets with the SBTi and are working with partners to identify the best solutions to ensure we reduce our emissions accordingly throughout the value chain. In 2020, we underwent a robust assessment related to our total value chain emissions, including externally verifying our Scope 3 emissions. We have also renewed our commitment to set a Science Based Target with SBTi by 2023, in accordance with the most current, credible and widely accepted climate science standards available. In the meantime, we are not resting.
For example, we are directly targeting significant reductions in our respective emissions through:
- Scope 1: Continuing to reduce consumption and transition from fossil-based fuels to renewable options (e.g. solar, biomass)
- Scope 2: Continuing to expand procurement of the majority of our electricity from renewable sources for all facilities globally by 2025
- Scope 3: Strong partnership in advocacy toward initiatives that reduce emissions across our value chain
A considerable portion of our total carbon footprint is produced from our Scope 3 emissions, and more specifically originate in our supply chain (see graphs to the right for emissions breakdown). Agriculture related emissions are particularly significant and provide the greatest opportunity for reduction through increased collaboration.
Overall, our highest impact categories in this area, in order of magnitude, are:
- Upstream and downstream transportation
- Use of sold products
We will remain focused on optimizing our immediate operational footprint to lessen our impact on climate, while we increasingly investigate joint initiatives with our suppliers that ensure the highest quality products are produced, while being good stewards of the environment.