As a dairy company, our business is dependent upon the continued availability of natural resources like clean water and land. Our Planet is therefore one of the key pillars of our sustainability framework because if we do not care for our planet today, we will not be able to continue enjoying life as we know it in the future.
To Care for our Planet, we have set clear and ambitious goals to drastically reduce our carbon footprint, to reduce our water use and waste all along the value chain. We are working toward more circular packaging solutions to fully eliminate “waste” as we know it and add value to every aspect of our products, even the packaging.
netZERO 2050 vision
We are now extending our CO2 reduction targets to encompass the entire value chain, taking us even closer to our net zero goals.The shift to scientifically supported and independently validated CO2 reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative will have an especially decisive impact here.
What is the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)?
The SBT initiative is based on a partnership between the Global Compact initiative of the United Nations and NGOs such as the World Resources Institute and the WWF (only in German). The SBTi's validated scientific targets help companies like Emmi to align their carbon footprint to a net zero reduction path. This is an important instrument for limiting global warming to 1.5°C degrees, the target set at the UN Climate Conference in Paris.
In 2020, we had already reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 24 % (baseline 2014) – thanks to electricity from hydropower and increased energy efficiency in our plants worldwide. Added to this are innovative projects such as the commissioning of the first hydrogen-powered lorries in Switzerland.
We have also reduced our waste by 11 % (baseline 2017) – this is mainly production and packaging waste. In addition, we reduced food waste in Switzerland by 10 %, thanks to optimised processes throughout the value chain but also due to partnerships such as “Tischlein deck dich” and "Schweizer Tafel".