Martin Bauer (Secaucus, NJ) and all other companies in the global nature network are taking responsibility for the CO2emissions produced by their business operations. For the first time in its history, the group has calculated its corporate carbon footprint, which has now been checked and certified by an independent external body.
The group’s goal is to make its business operations climate neutral by 2030. This commitment includes all greenhouse gas emissions from the group’s more than 30 sites worldwide and within its global supply chains. The nature network is striving to prevent emissions where possible, to continuously reduce them, and to compensate only for those that cannot be avoided.
With this goal already in sight, the nature network set out to precisely calculate its greenhouse gas emissions for the very first time, according to the company. The final calculation was made in accordance with the international standards of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. The calculation includes the seven major greenhouse gases defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and identified in the Kyoto Protocol. The nature network’s corporate carbon footprint not only includes the emissions that the group is directly responsible for (Scopes 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol) but also the emissions of upstream supply chains (Scope 3). This way, the nature network is being completely transparent about all its business activities that have a significant impact on the climate.
Certification body TÜV Rheinland has checked that the data provided in the carbon footprint are plausible and complete and that the footprint adheres to the GHG Protocol. At the end of the process, certification was awarded.
In 2020, the nature network’s carbon footprint was 346,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2e). That is around the same as the annual CO2 emissions of a small European town with 31,500 inhabitants.
Around 70 percent of those emissions came from upstream business processes covered in Scope 3—i.e. processes that the nature network has only limited direct impact on. By far the greatest share of emissions (55 percent) comes from the acquisition of plant raw materials, flavorings and ingredients. In second place, with 21 percent, is heating for extract production, and in third (12 percent), electricity consumption for production facilities and company premises.
“The growing presence of Martin Bauer in the United States means that we must go beyond isolated virtuous initiatives aimed at conserving resources and reducing energy consumption,” said Ennio Ranaboldo, CEO of Martin Bauer in North America. “Our impact and our commitment span from the farmlands of Oregon and Northern California to the way we view positive change in our manufacturing and product development practices. This is a fantastic ride that we’ll be sharing with employees, farmers, clients and vendors alike.”
For more information, visit www.martin-bauer.com/en.