Paulig is among the forerunner companies in the food & beverage industry and we have science-based climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We have committed to limit the global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5°C in our operations and value chain. The targets Paulig set for the approval, were the most ambitious designation available through the Science Based Targets initiative process. Our ambition is that by 2030, we will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations by 80% and our value chain by 50%. Along with our climate ambition, we have committed to work towards circularity and have set a target that all our packaging will be recyclable and made from renewable or recycled materials by 2030. In addition, we are committed to the global challenge of reducing food loss by 50% by 2030.

Paulig aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 80 per cent  

Our ambition is to reduce the GHG emissions from our own operations by 80% and from our value chain by 50% by 2030 (from the 2018 baseline).

  • This far, 18% GHG emissions reduction in own operations due to increased sourcing of renewable electricity and improved energy efficiency.
  • Our target is to have 100% of our sites CarbonNeutral® certified by 2023. Already six of our sites are CarbonNeutral® certified. 

Based on a screening of the climate impacts of our entire value chain, we know that our own operations constitute only about 3% of Paulig’s total GHG emissions, while most emissions derive from our value chain, most notably linked to the agricultural production of raw materials that we use in our products.

Now, our value chain emission reduction focuses on wheat and coffee. We work with our suppliers and partners to adopt climate-smarter farming practices. For example, we initiated a sustainable farming partnership with Swedish agricultural cooperative Lantmännen. The wheat flour supplied to Paulig, that will cover the annual baking of 400 million Santa Maria tortillas, will hold up to 30% less GHG emissions per unit of volume.

Furthermore, we evaluate emission reduction potentials in coffee origin countries

All Paulig production sites to become carbon neutral by the end of 2023

Our ambition is to make all eleven of our production sites in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, UK, Belgium and Spain carbon neutral by the end of 2023. In May 2022, we have achieved CarbonNeutral® building certification for six of our 11 production sites, and the work continues in 2022.

We are constructing a new tortilla plant in Roeselare, Belgium and aim to make the new plant carbon neutral from the start. 

To make the factories carbon neutral, Paulig has for example invested in energy efficiency, heat recovery and switched to buying biogas, renewable electricity and district heating. With these initiatives, emissions from factories have been cut by 98% since 2014. The remaining emissions have been offset by forest projects. 

Kariba project
The Kariba project is one of the largest registered REDD+ projects worldwide, it is a community-based project, administered by the four local Rural District Councils (RDCs) of Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe, and Mbire (Zimbabwe).

Carefully selected, externally verified forest conservation and reforestation projects for offsetting

Paulig aims for all of its production sites to be carbon neutral by the end of 2023. In addition to reducing our emissions, we need to compensate by removing part of our current unavoidable emissions. This means that any remaining greenhouse gas emissions from Paulig's production sites will be offset through funding external carbon removal projects. Paulig has also compensated the greenhouse gas emissions for its Risenta brand since 2016. Paulig is developing the criteria to ensure that the chosen carbon removal projects are credible and address the risks of leakage and permanence, for example. While building the external carbon removal portfolio, we will also start developing some insetting projects with our supply partners. We want to invest back into our own supply chains to support farmers in implementing and scaling climate-smart practices such as agroforestry or applying biochar to soil. 

Paulig is working with Climate Impact Partners and South Pole and has chosen third party validated and verified forest conservation and reforestation projects for offsetting the residual emissions:

  • Chocó-Darién Rainforest Conservation REDD+ (Colombia) - Verra VCS and CCBS verified forest conservation project. The project aims to prevent deforestation across 13,000 hectares through a combination of forest protection and sustainable development activities. Working with 2,000 people across 33 communities, the project reduces community dependence on unsustainable timber extraction and unsustainable agricultural practices. More info on the following link: Chocó-Darién Rainforest Conservation REDD+, Colombia | Climate Impact Partners).  
     
  • Alto Mayo REDD+ (Peru) - Verra VCS and CCBS verified forest conservation project. Located in the Peruvian Amazon, the project aims to conserve the ecologically rich Alto Mayo Protected Forest (AMPF). It has been designated an Alliance for Zero Extinction site because of its critical importance to the survival of Peru’s endemic fauna and flora. The Peruvian government established the AMPF in 1987, but even with this protection, the park faces intense deforestation pressure from illegal logging, the influx of migrants and unsustainable farming practices. The project helps to conserve the AMPF – an area of approximately 450,000 acres - by providing essential funding for forest management and community programmes. More info on the following link:  Alto Mayo REDD+, Peru | Climate Impact Partners 
     
  • Community Reforestation (Kenya and Uganda) – Verra VCS and CCBS verified reforestation project. The project organises community-based tree planting initiatives with over 12,000 small groups involving 90,000 farmers in Kenya and Uganda. Under traditional practices, farmers clear trees to increase available agricultural land, which erodes quality by removing nutrients from the soil. Forestry projects such as this combine carbon sequestration with sustainable development, helping to improve community livelihoods through education and training, and create additional sources of income beyond smallholder farming. In addition, carbon finance is paid to farmers for surviving trees. To date, over 15 million trees have been planted are alive, growing and being monitored because of the project. More info on the following link: Community Reforestation, East Africa | Climate Impact Partners. 
     
  • Kariba Forest Protection REDD+ (Zimbabwe) - Verra VCS and CCBS certified forest conservation project. The Kariba project is one of the largest registered REDD+ projects worldwide, it is a community-based project, administered by the four local Rural District Councils (RDCs) of Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe, and Mbire. Through these councils, communities can highlight when and where they particularly need support. Investments in the project go towards a range of activities that promote the independence and wellbeing of these communities. Improved health clinics provide better healthcare, infrastructure including new roads, boreholes, biodigesters improve daily life, and school subsidies are offered to the poorest quartile of the population. Project activities in conservation agriculture, community gardens, beekeeping training, fire management, and ecotourism create jobs, and facilitate sustainable incomes, benefit the entire region. More info in the following link: Kariba Forest Protection (southpole.com). 
     
  • Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (Indonesia) – Verra VCS and CCBS certified forest conservation project. The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve protects 91,215 hectares of rich, tropical peat swamp forests which are monitored by local rangers as well as by satellite and aerial imagery. The reserve is adjacent to the world-renowned Tanjung Puting National Park and forms a physical buffer zone along the parks eastern border. As well as preserving ecosystem diversity and the habitat of endangered species like the Bornean orangutan, the project reduces emissions by avoiding the planned deforestation of over 47,000 hectares of forests for palm oil production. More info in the following link: Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (southpole.com) 
     
  • TIST Program (Uganda) – Verra VCS and CCBS certified forest reforestation project. Through a network of training and communications, the project provides structure and training to around 75,000 farmers worldwide to support their reforestation and biodiversity efforts. In Uganda, TIST began in 2003 and has grown to around 7,800 TIST participants who have organised into 1,200 Small Groups. The main project activity involves the planting of trees, which is monitored using hand-held computers, GPS and an online “real-time” database. More info in the following link: 2358.pdf (southpole.com) 

Paulig aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its value chain by 50 per cent 

The majority of our greenhouse gas emissions come from our value chain and are related to the raw materials used in the manufacturing of our products. That is why we engage in close cooperation with our raw material suppliers and partners in decreasing the emissions of our value chain. Our goal is to promote sustainable farming practices, look for new raw materials and partners and develop new business models that favour circular economy.  

To drive carbon-neutral agriculture, we initiated a sustainable farming partnership with Swedish agricultural cooperative Lantmännen. The wheat flour supplied to Paulig, that will cover the annual baking of 400 million Santa Maria tortillas, will hold up to 30% less GHG emissions per unit of volume.

Also, Paulig is one of Svensk Kolinlagring’s development partners in a pilot project which aims to achieve certified carbon sequestration by 2023. With carbon sequestration, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is reduced by sequestering more carbon in farmers’ land than what is emitted.  

Furthermore, we are working in reducing logistics-related emissions by 25% by 2025.

Packaging development continues to be one of the key focus areas for Paulig and our ambition is that, by 2030, all our packages will be recyclable and will be made from renewable or recycled materials. Our first focus is now to develop recyclable packages by 2025.

Furthermore, our target is to halve the food loss in our value chain by 2030.

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