Our Recipe for Positive Change: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Demands on the planet are increasing. And in some areas, our natural resources are being depleted faster than they can be replenished. As one of the largest food companies in Europe, we understand the important role we play in respecting our natural resources and using them thoughtfully.
So we’ve cooked up a recipe for reducing our impact on the environment. There are many ways we can make a difference – from using less water in our manufacturing, to reducing product packaging, to producing less waste.
In 2006, we set aggressive five-year global goals*. We expanded them in 2010, after integrating the Cadbury and LU businesses, looking to build and improve upon our successes. For our 2011–2015 goals, we’ve added sustainable agricultural commodities and transportation to what we’re measuring.
By the end of 2015, using 2010 as our base year, we plan to*:
• Increase sustainable sourcing** of agricultural commodities by 25 percent.
• Eliminate 50,000 metric tons (100 million pounds) of packaging material.
• Reduce energy use in our manufacturing plants by 15 percent.
• Reduce energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in our manufacturing plants by 15 percent.
• Reduce water consumption in our manufacturing plants by 15 percent.
• Reduce waste at our manufacturing plants by 15 percent.
• Reduce 80.5 million kilometers (50 million miles) from our transportation network.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there’s more to be done. Learn more about our focus on where we can make the biggest impact in Europe.
* Measured against total production
** “Sustainably sourced” defined as third-party certification or verification