Dunbia announces £1m investment to tackle agricultural supply chain emissions
Dunbia, the UK division of Dawn Meats Group, is investing £1 million in a new supply chain project to measure the carbon footprint of 500 UK farms.
The ‘Bigger Steps for Smaller Footprints’ project aims to improve the primary data available in relation to on-farm emissions, helping Dunbia to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chain. The company said that the new project is “of strategic importance” in delivering on Scope 3 commitments for both Dunbia and its UK customers.
Government-run agency the Carbon Trust will use the sample of 500 carbon footprints to calculate a representative measure of emissions for the 20,000 farms that supply Dunbia. The Carbon Trust will also independently verify the methodology employed, allowing Dunbia and its customers to report emissions and reductions to a recognised standard.
Agricultural sustainability consultancy firm Promar International will then advise participating farmers on measures that can help reduce on-farm emissions. Farm carbon footprints will be reassessed every 18 to 24 months.
“Fit for the future”
Commenting on the project, Michael Doran, retail commercial director at Dunbia, said: “Bigger Steps for Smaller Footprints is a large-scale project and reaches across the entire supply chain. The aim is to support farmers and increase the adoption of practices which both reduce emissions and deliver efficiencies. By working together to achieve our climate targets, we will create a sustainable beef and lamb supply chain which is fit for the future.”