Maple Leaf first protein company to go carbon neutral
Maple Leaf Foods announced it is the first major protein company in the world to go carbon neutral, effective immediately, and will become one of three major animal protein companies to set Science Based Targets for emissions reductions.
With one of the most aggressive environmental targets in the industry, Maple Leaf has already made significant progress towards reducing its environmental footprint by 50 per cent by 2025. Since 2015, Maple Leaf has reduced:
- Over 86 million kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to 12,912 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- More than 4.3 million m3 of natural gas, which equals annual energy usage for 1,000 homes
- Water usage by 1.2 billion litres
As a part of becoming carbon neutral, Maple Leaf is also investing in credible and independently verified high-impact environmental projects throughout the U.S. and Canada to offset its remaining footprint, bringing it to zero. These offsets include support for projects focused on wind energy, recovering methane gas from landfills, composting and biomass programs to reduce methane emissions, and forest protection/re-forestry to conserve species and biodiversity.