Thursday, November 7, 2019

Maple Leaf says it’s going “carbon neutral”

Maple Leaf Foods issued a news release this week to say it’s going to be “carbon neutral” and set a target to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025.

"There is simply no more time to waste. The devastating impact of climate change on our planet must be confronted head-on by business leaders with decisive and immediate action," said Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods’ president and chief executive officer.

"The global food system must change dramatically if we are to sustainably feed the world's growing population,” he said.

“ We recognize that producing nutrient-dense foods takes vital planetary resources, and we are staking our future on being carbon neutral today, and every day going forward," he said.

The company said that since 2015, it has reduced more than 86 million kilowatt hours of electricity – equal to 12,912 passenger vehicles driven for one year -- and more than 4.3 million m3 of natural gas, which equals annual energy usage for 1,000 homes.

Its conservation initiative have reduced water usage by more than 1.2 billion liters. 

It claims to be “the first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral.”

It sounds like something U.S. President Donald Trump would tweet.