Niall Browne and Gill Higgins

Source: Dunbia

Dunbia CEO Niall Browne (l), pictured with the firm’s head of CSR & sustainability Gill Higgins, said the new target posed a ‘considerable challenge’

Dunbia has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

The meat processor said it would aim to lower the carbon footprint emitted from its own facilities and the generation of the energy it purchases by the end of the next decade.

It has set itself the targets under the guidance of the Science Based Targets initiative, which ensures reduction pledges are “documented against a scientific baseline”, according to Dunbia.

The company’s CEO, Niall Browne, described the target as a “considerable challenge”.

“We have been working for more than 10 years to reduce emissions internally and more widely across our supply chain and we recognise the urgency to adopt even more aggressive measures to reduce emissions,” he said.

“We are working with stakeholders in collaborative projects to accelerate progress in this critical area.”

Examples of how Dunbia said it would meet its target included accelerating the installation of heat recovery systems and the use of renewable energy sources. 

The firm added it had already saved 4.5 million litres of fuel with its haulage partners between 2015 and 2018 - equivalent to 2,500 tonnes of CO2 or the carbon footprint of 2,960 homes a year - through its Eco Drive Initiative.

The announcement follows the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid where political, business and NGO leaders, as well as activists like Greta Thunberg, convened to co-ordinate a collective response to global warming.