The Martin Bauer Group (Secaucus, NJ) and all other companies in the global nature network have pledged to achieve climate neutrality. From 2030 at the latest, the global botanicals group will have no carbon footprint, according to the company.
“Our promise applies not only to our more than 30 locations throughout the world but also to our entire supply chain,” said Anne Wedel-Klein, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder, Martin Bauer, and member of the holding company’s executive board. “This means that our climate-neutral business activities will begin on the fields, where our more than 200 raw materials, such as tea, peppermint, hibiscus, chamomile and fennel grow. Around half of our emissions originate here.”
With its plan to reduce its environmental impact to zero, the Group said it is making a contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius by the end of the century.
“What makes this commitment truly special is that it involves every single person in our organization: less a “mandate” from the top than a spontaneous and committed surge through the rank and file; a multi-generational, all-in push not only to do the right thing professionally, but to do that while contributing personally and factually to everyone’s, and our only planet’s, brighter future. Now, that’s empowering. And that’s power, too!” said Ennio Ranaboldo, the CEO of Martin Bauer Group North America.
The Martin Bauer Group and the entire nature network will use the following three-pronged approach to keep its global emissions to a minimum:
- Measure: The Group is calculating its overall corporate carbon footprint—that is, all emissions produced by its business operations, including its global supply chains. This corporate carbon footprint will be finally calculated by the end of 2021 and audited by an independent body. From 2022 onward, developments will be presented annually to make progress transparent.
- Prevent/reduce: The top priority is to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are prevented in the first place. For instance, the Group said it is avoiding business trips whenever digital technology suffices. To achieve its target, it is also improving energy efficiency at its production plants, implementing energy-saving programs, and promoting environmentally friendly mobility.
- Compensate: The Group will only compensate for greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be prevented or reduced. Most notably, it will play an active role in its own agricultural supply chains with innovative concepts like compost management, humus formation in the soil, and sustainable carbon sequestration.
While emissions are unavoidably created in agricultural supply chains, there are also many opportunities for reducing CO2emissions by adapting cultivation methods and management practices. Targeted crop rotation, digging plant remains into the soil, careful and targeted use of fertilizers, the planting of hedges and shade trees, and many other measures can help to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, improve biodiversity and increase farmers’ productivity.
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