28/11/2019 | Industry, International

Barry Callebaut reduces its carbon foodprint

Barry Callebaut has succeeded in fiscal year 2018/19 to reduce its carbon footprint by - 6.7%, from 9.10 million tonnes to 8.49 million tonnes, whilst achieving + 5.1% volume growth. Per tonne of product, Barry Callebaut even managed to reduce its carbon footprint by - 12.1%. The reductions are the result of the company’s Forever Chocolate strategy, which includes the objective of storing more carbon than it emits by 2025. This ambitious target setting brought the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF – together forming the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) – to recognize Barry Callebaut’s carbon reduction objective a “Science Based Target”, meaning that Barry Callebaut is contributing to the collective efforts to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is also the most ambitious designation currently available through the process.

The key driver of the carbon reduction was a more accurate calculation of the carbon liability from land cleared for cocoa agriculture (- 27%). In addition, the Group reduced the carbon intensity of its factories by - 6.7%, due to an increased use of renewable energy. Since dairy ingredients play a major role in Barry Callebaut’s carbon footprint, the Group increasingly purchases products from countries with lower carbon intensity and encourages dairy suppliers to measure and reduce the carbon emissions of their farms and processing facilities, which led to a reduction of - 5.7%.