Carbon emissions reporting will be mandatory for members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme as the food and drink manufacturers aim for carbon neutrality by 2050.

Origin Green members will now assess their entire carbon footprints from value chain emissions to indirect emissions associated with production such as freight and travel.

The new mandatory carbon emissions target will be introduced to members with a turnover greater than €50m at first.

Baseline assessments will be carried out in 2021 and emissions targets for the future will then be determined.

The plans will then be reviewed and monitored annually.

Targets

The implementation and targets in Bord Bia’s ‘pathways to net zero’ are based on the United Nations’ ‘measure, reduce, compensate’ model.

Speaking about the targets, Origin Green director Deirdre Ryan stated: “Accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2050 is required to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

“Business leaders are now shifting their focus from what is achievable to what needs to be done and there has been increasing interest among Origin Green companies wishing to reduce emissions within their own operations and also along their supply chain.”

Practical know-how

The pathway will provide businesses with “the practical know-how to not only set ambitious carbon reduction targets, but more importantly, to make the changes necessary to achieve them,” she added.

Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy commented on the importance of emissions reduction across the supply chain.

“Our €13bn food and drink export industry has established a hard earned, global reputation as a leading producer of high-quality sustainable food and drink.

“Maintaining this reputation, which must continue to be evidence-based, is more important than ever in the face of continued global trading volatility. But not at any cost.

“We acknowledge that Ireland’s agri-food sector needs to do more and faster.

“Origin Green has, and will, continue to deliver impact by providing a co-ordinated national approach to reducing emissions across the supply chain as a part of the Irish Government’s wider climate action response.”