Dawn Meats has announced its ambition to achieve net-zero operational emissions across its business by 2040.
The meat processor will make an initial investment of 100 million euros to take short-term measures to reduce emissions.
The company has announced that it will continue to increase production efficiencies, improve carcass conversion and derive greater value from animal products.
Other goals include ensuring 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable and sourcing 100% of cattle and sheep from Bord Bia guaranteed farms in Ireland and Red Tractor guaranteed farms in the UK.
Dawn Meats said its “Plan Four Zero” is the culmination of years of significant work the company has done to understand and combat emissions in the agriculture and food processing industries.
The group’s latest sustainability report highlighted a 248,000-ton reduction in greenhouse gases from its operations and supply chain in 2020, while Scope 3 emissions at the farms were reduced by 189,000 tons.
For the year to 2021, the group achieved a 40 percent reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 emissions and a 15 percent reduction in scope 3 emissions intensity.
Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats and Dunbia, said: “Our leadership and wider team in Ireland and the UK are fully focused on achieving this goal and while we are proud of our achievements to date, we recognize that there is still.” there’s a lot to do.”
Dawn Meats is working with farmers on two demonstration farms in Ireland to study the best methods of producing sustainable, high quality meat.
At Newford Farm in Athenry, research and development on sustainable mother meat production is supported by Teagasc and McDonald’s. Since the farm opened in 2015, over 8,000 farmers have visited Newford and gained insight into sustainable beef production.
Gill Higgins, Group Sustainability Director at Dawn Meats and Dunbia, described the challenges associated with tackling climate change as “enormous”.
“By collaborating with our primary producers and other supply chain partners on innovative approaches to food production and packaging, we have the opportunity to address Scope 3 emissions in a meaningful way.
“These are emissions that are among the most difficult to tackle, but industry collaboration is critical to working toward net zero.”
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