Compass Group | Climate Protection

Caterer aims to become CO2-neutral worldwide by 2050

The Compass Group has committed to becoming CO2-neutral throughout the value chain by 2050 (Net Zero).
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The Compass Group has committed to becoming CO2-neutral throughout the value chain by 2050 (Net Zero).

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:

  • Transition of all fleet vehicles globally to 100% plug-in electric
  • Switch to renewable electricity across all its own operations
  • Reformulate menus to be low carbon and switch towards more plant-based proteins
  • Increase sourcing from regenerative agriculture
  • Focus on packaging solutions to further reduce single-use plastic
  • 50% reduction in food waste across its operations globally by 2030
  • Increase share of seasonal and locally sourced produce
  • Invest in climate positive projects worldwide to support decarbonisation, compensation and neutralisation including reforestation, biodiversity, freshwater, land and ocean initiatives
  • Deliver a global deforestation-free and land conversion-free supply chain strategy

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.

Approved Science Based Targets

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.”

Global Roadmap to Net Zero

Further details on the Group's sustainability strategy and Net Zero priorities to 2030 and beyond can be found in the Global Roadmap to Net Zero. The Group intends to report annually on its progress and the development of the Roadmap as part of its Global Sustainability Report. The Group is committed to validating its Net Zero targets for 2050 with the SBTi once the guidelines are finalised.
About Compass Group PLC
Compass Group PLC is the world's leading food service company with annual revenues of £20.2 billion in the 2019/2020 financial year. Compass operates in 45 countries, employs around 550,000 people and produces over 5.5 billion meals annually. Its range of services includes the provision of meals and a range of support services across its core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare and Seniors, Education, Sport & Leisure and Defence, Offshore and Remote through an established portfolio of brands.
What does climate neutral mean?
ClimatePartner lists three categories of emissions to be captured when achieving carbon neutrality:

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.
Readers can find out more about Net Zero and climate neutrality here .

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