The Compass Group is sending a strong signal at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow: the global player is the first international company in the catering industry to commit to becoming carbon neutral (Net Zero) throughout the entire value chain by 2050. By 2030 - that's the goal - the contract caterer wants to already be carbon neutral in its own company.
Compass Group, the world’s largest food services group which operates in 45 countries, employs around 550,000 people and serves over 5.5 billion meals a year, has announced a commitment to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations and value chain by 2050.
The Group’s Net Zero target makes Compass the first international company in the contract catering industry to announce a global commitment to a 2050 net zero emissions economy. It includes ambitious emissions reduction targets over the next decade which have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and a further commitment to be carbon neutral worldwide in its own operations (Scope 1 & 2) by 2030.
Compass Group’s decarbonisation strategy will be delivered through collaboration, innovation, and investment across its global operations. Specific actions include:
As well as driving significant reductions in its own operations, the Group will use its scale and global reach to influence and work collaboratively with clients, industry associates, governments and suppliers to reduce their direct GHG emissions, set their own Net Zero and Science Based Targets and help create a more sustainable global food system for all.
46% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2030 from a 2019 base year, classified by the SBTi as in line with a 1.5°C trajectory
28% reduction in absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from all food and drink purchased by 2030 from a 2019 base year; classified by the SBTi as aligned to a Well Below 2°C trajectory
Group-wide Decarbonisation Commitments
Carbon neutral worldwide in Group operations by 2030
Climate Net Zero across global value chain (Scope 3) by 2050
The announcement follows the commitment made earlier this year by the Group’s UK & Ireland business to deliver Climate Net Zero across its operations by 2030. Compass intends to leverage the experience of early adopter countries such as the UK to share best practice across the Group and drive accelerated transformation towards its global Net Zero goal.
Dominic Blakemore, Group Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group PLC, said: “The international food industry has a major role to play in reaching Climate Net Zero and driving the transition to a healthy and sustainable food system. Compass Group’s new global Climate Net Zero target reflects our teams’ commitment to sustainable sourcing, eliminating food waste and transforming our environmental impact."
“Given the complexity of the global food supply chain as it is today, we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of us. Radical new collaborations are urgently needed across the entire value chain to make it a reality. As the world’s largest food services group, operating at the heart of the global food supply chain, we are in a unique position to influence real change, by working in partnership with our suppliers and encouraging sustainable consumption from the clients and consumers we serve every day.”
Scope 1: direct emissions of a company, for example the carbon emitted by a company's vehicle fleet.
Scope 2:indirect emissions, for example the energy supply of the company's building, which already causes emissions when it is produced.
Scope 3:indirect emissions that are not within the direct control of the company, such as the supply chain.
Climate Partner goes on to state: Although strictly speaking only Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions need to be offset for a company to claim carbon neutrality, it is now generally agreed that this does not go far enough. As a result, most carbon offset solution providers, including ClimatePartner, require companies to include multiple Scope 3 emissions categories. They require that all associated emissions along a company's value chain, including raw materials, production, logistics and packaging, be included in the calculations.
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