Dawn Meats cuts Science-Based Target emissions

Dawn Meats cuts Science-Based Target emissions

According to the latest Group Sustainability Report, Dawn Meats Group, parent company of Dunbia, reduced greenhouse gases in its operations and supply chain by 248,000 tonnes in 2020.

Gill Higgins, group head of sustainability Dawn Meats, and Niall Browne, CEO Dawn Meats, at Power’s Farm in Co Waterford at the launch of Dawn Meats’ sustainability report. Source: Brownes Photography.

The company was the first European beef and lamb processor to set Science-Based Targets and measure its progress on externally verified sustainability goals, committing to a 30% reduction in absolute Scope One and Two GHG emissions by 2030 from a 2016 base year.

The Group has also achieved a 31% reduction in energy intensity in 2020 and is on target to achieve a 40% reduction by 2025. In real terms, this reduction is the equivalent to powering a town of 20,215 homes per year.

Similar progress on 2025 targets has also been made in terms of water intensity, with a 28% reduction being achieved in 2020, equivalent to 1,225 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Dawn Meats Group said progress is being made right across the Dunbia supply chain, with 99% of livestock sourced from Red Tractor Assured farms in the UK. Scope Three on farm emissions across the group have reduced by 189,000 tons CO2 equivalent in 2020. 

Niall Browne, CEO of Dunbia, said that the company is continuing to move forward in its goal of being “Europe’s most sustainable meat company.” He added: “Progress on our emissions targets is a testament to the work our teams put in on the ground at our 22 processing sites. It is only by our staff, suppliers and customers all working together that we are able to achieve the progress we are making.”

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