Smell of sweet success for Tate and Lyle's climate goals

21 September 2020 by Liam Goldsworthy
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Tate and Lyle has had its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The sugar brand is one of just 65 food and beverage operators worldwide to have had its commitments approved by SBTi, as consistent with the necessary levels to meet the climate action goals of the Paris Agreement (the central aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2°C).

The firm’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets will see the company’s commitment to a 30 per cent absolute reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 2030, and its commitment to reduce emissions from the value chain (Scope 3) by 15 per cent over the same period, meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals.

The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Nick Hampton, Tate & Lyle CEO, said: “At Tate & Lyle, we are passionate about making our contribution to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and minimising the worst effects of climate change.

“That's why, inspired by our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations, we have set ourselves ambitious environmental targets that are aligned to what the latest climate science is telling us we need to do. We are committed to working actively across our supply chain to help improve our environment and shape a better world.”

Sara Leeman, environment lead at Tate & Lyle, added: “To make the necessary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, manufacturers like us must look beyond our factory gates to our value chain and commit to collaboration.

“With the approval of our science-based targets, we are delighted to have a unifying framework enabling our employees, suppliers and customers to work together to achieve shared sustainability goals backed by climate science.”