SIG sets ‘stretching’ new target to reduce carbon footprint

SIG has announced the setting of an ambitious new environmental target to help in the climate emergency battle.

The firm said its new climate target is ‘one of the first in its industry’ to be approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

SIG has committed to cutting its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 60% by 2030.

“It’s clear the world urgently needs to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to tackle the harmful effects of climate change,” said Ian Wood, chief supply chain officer at SIG. “SIG’s stretching new target will accelerate climate action to dramatically cut our emissions and enhance our contribution to a lower-carbon food supply system.”

SIG added that the new target places the company among an ‘elite group’ of firms leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the global Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

SIG has switched to 100% renewable electricity for global production and is now exploring opportunities to expand on-site renewables. The company has also committed to reducing value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per litre packed by 2030.