Maple Leaf Foods Becomes First Carbon-Neutral Major Food Company


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Canadian-based Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has become the first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral, making it one of just three animal-protein companies in the world to set science-based targets, approved by the international Science Based Targets Initiative. 

“There’s simply no more time to waste. The devastating impact of climate change on our planet must be confronted head-on by business leaders with decisive and immediate action,” says Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods president and CEO. “The global food system must change dramatically if we’re to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. We recognize producing nutrient-dense foods takes vital planetary resources and we’re staking our future on being carbon neutral today and every day going forward.”

Maple Leaf has made significant progress toward its goal to reduce its environmental footprint by 50 per cent by 2025. Since 2015 it’s reduced more than 86-million kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 4.3-million cubic metres of natural gas. It’s also reduced its water usage by more than 1.2-billion litres

“Today’s actions are not just about being socially responsible; they’re about survival,” says McCain. “Consumers rightfully expect business and political leaders to solve these problems and address the profound consequences of our climate crisis. Our announcement demonstrates carbon neutrality and Science Based Targets for emissions reduction are both achievable and urgent. We hope our actions inspire food companies and businesses broadly to join us in the critical fight against climate change.”

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