Carbon emissions are a key contributor to climate change and over the past number of years Kerry has been increasingly focused on managing and reducing its carbon footprint. We measure our footprint in line with the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol and report annually through the CDP. We use an independent third party, Jacobs, to provide assurance on our carbon measurement and performance and their most recent assurance statement can be accessed here.
As a Group, we have targeted a 13% reduction in CO2 per unit of output between 2015 and 2020 for our direct operations, compared to baseline year of 2013. This builds on a 13.4% reduction achieved since 2011. Although our rate of reduction slowed in 2015, we still realised a carbon saving of 1.6% and given the planned projects over the remaining term of the programme, we remain on track to meet our 2020 goal.
|Carbon||2013 Base Year||2020 Target||2015 Target||2015 Performance|
|CO2 per Tonnne*||323.28kg||281.25kg||311.27kg||317.99kg|
Kerry Group’s actual performance has been adjusted to reflect like-for-like performance to our baseline year. We use the Novem Methodology for carbon reporting to adjust our baseline target reduction number in order to account for changes to product mix that have had a material effect on carbon intensity. The Novem Methodology predicts what the absolute GHG emissions for the production of a group of products would be if the base year emissions per tonne were applied to today’s production levels and product mix. This allows a meaningful comparison between two production periods based on improvements in the emissions per tonne for each product group. The Novem procedure applies only where targets are relative and Kerry Group measures GHG emissions on a CO2 per tonne output basis.